|D. O. Pearson
(National Register of
The D. O. Pearson
House was the
home of the first mayor of Stanwood. He arrived in the area when it was
still called Centreville and established the town’s first general store
in 1877. As Postmaster, he renamed the town Stanwood for his
Clara. Stanwood was her maiden name. The house was built in
1890. It was placed on the National and State Registers of
Places in 1973. It is a three-story Second Empire Victorian Home with a
mansard roof and roof cresting (or widow's walk) and is open as a
For a brief history
Church on the Hill,
Register of Historic
The building was
completed in 1890
with funds raised by the ladies aid of the congregation which formed
1882-1884 The church is located about 1/2 mile west of Silvana on
Highway (just over the bridge) overlooking the scenic Stillaguamish
Valley. For more information click here
Zacharias Toftezon (Taftezon)
Washington's first Norwegian settler arrived on Whidbey Island in
Members of his family followed and settled near Hatt Slough (on the
Store at Florence,
Washington circa 1910. Florence was one of the earliest
on the Stillaguamish River in Snohomish County. It was platted in
1866 and actively competed with Stanwood (downriver) as a commercial
until the Great Northern Railroad bypassed it and the steamboats could
no longer make it up the river. There are only a few residences
it the area and one section of the original store.
|Utsalady Ladies Aid
Ladies Aid Building
was built in 1923. Utsalady is on the northern shoreline of
Island in Puget Sound, the site of an early mill. It was and
to be an important symbolic place as the heart of this small community
on Camano Island in Washington State. In 1999 it was placed on
National Register of Historic Places.
located on Hwy 532 at
Lutheran Church, Camano Island
Washington State Register of Historic
The Camano Lutheran Church was established in 1890 in Utsalady. In
1895, the congregation held services in the Livingston Bay school which
was located across the road. That school was bought and moved on site
and now is the Pioneer Hall. Construction of this church building began
in 1904 and was dedicated July 9, 1906. There is a small plaque near
the front door of the old church (east entrance) noting that it is on
the State Register of Historic Places.
City Schoolhouse, Camano Island, WA
| The traditional
white schoolhouse building on the left is now known as the Camano
City Community Hall. It overlooks Saratoga Passage on the
western shoreline of Camano Island where there once was a shingle mill,
store, hotel and a short logging railroad. It was built as the "Camano
City" School about 1906. The local lumber company operating in
the area at the time, Camano Land and Lumber, deeded it to the Former
Island County School Dist #18 in 1911 for $1.00.
historic photograph we know of as of today is the one below. We are seeking additional historic
photographs of the schoolhouse and any information.
The closeup on the
left below is cropped from the image below that was a photographic
postcard(below) labeled " Bird Eye View of Camano, Washington".
|| Note bell tower
or steeple. We don't YET know when it might have been
remodeled. It was quit claimed to the Camano City Fire Dist. No.
1 from Department from the Twin City Joint Consolidated School District
no. 401 for $200 in 1945.
postcard (cropped) shows the photographer credit as "Harriman" and
taken in 1912.
Kristoferson Barns, Camano Island,
Washington Heritage Barn Register.
The hay barn in
the foreground was built about 1914 and the newer addition was made in
1938. The barns are located on the Kristoferson Farm established
about 1912. The family owned the Kristoferson Dairy in Seattle and the
Camano farm was managed throughout the years primarily by
caretakers. Recently family has taken over the farm again after
many years most recently as an alpaca farm. They are restoring
the creek, replanting native shrubs and growing organic hay.
Fraternal International Order of Odd Fellows Public Hall (IOOF),
Stanwood, now the Floyd Norgaard Cultural Center,
Stanwood, WA [see the photo below for more current view]
Register of Historic
Built in 1903, this
sturdy timber structure has survived many years to host music, arts and
cultural and family events as it once did in the early part of the 20th
For a brief history of the building and its rehabilitation, see
From the left, is the
Stanwood Area History Museum(1990), Stanwood's D.O.Pearson House (circa
1890), Tolin House (1880s) located on the corner on the 102nd Ave. NW
(Old Pacific Highway or Market Street), one of the oldest streets in
Snohomish County. On the far right is the former Stanwood
Fraternal I.O.O.F Public Hall (1903), now known as the Floyd Norgaard
These buildings are the oldest buildings in Stanwood dating to the
early 1890s located two blocks from the Stillaguamish River waterfront,
once a steamboat stop for the lumber and grain produced by the two
nearby sawmills and surrounding farms.
Preservation success story!
former Oddfellows Public Fraternal Hall was built in 1902, now 110
years old and still active as the Floyd Norgaard Cultural Center.
It was completely rehabilitated in order to be preserved.
not an exact replica, many of the original features were kept and an
addition with a kitchen and storage added to make it useable for
community and family events in the 21st century.
Compare the now photo below!
There are Many historic
places to add to this list - information for listing is always welcome,
(this is just a list, it is not a register of any kind, it is meant
only to honor and recognize the older buildings in the area.
Historic Places in the lower Stillaguamish River Valley and Stanwood
Stanwood Fire Station, now being remodeled
Places on Camano Island include:
Camano Island Inn (former boarding house/resort/nursing home now
Mabana Schoolhouse (private residence)
Elger [Algers] Bay Schoolhouse (private residence)
South Camano Grange
American Legion Hall