|D. O. Pearson House, Stanwood
(National Register of Historic
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 wife,
Clara. Stanwood was her maiden name. The house was built in
1890. It was placed on the National and State Registers of Historic
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 Period
For a brief history see
||Little White Church on the Hill,
(Washington State Register of Historic
The building was completed in 1890
with funds raised by the ladies aid of the congregation which formed about
1882-1884 The church is located about 1/2 mile west of Silvana on Pioneer
Highway (just over the bridge) overlooking the scenic Stillaguamish River
Valley. For more information
|Toftezen Memorial, Lutheran
Pioneer Highway, Stanwood.
Martin Zacharias Toftezon (Taftezon)
Washington's first Norwegian settler arrived on Whidbey Island in 1849.
Members of his family followed and settled near Hatt Slough (on the Stillaguamish
||Hevly Cash Store at Florence,
Washington circa 1910. Florence was one of the earliest towns
on the Stillaguamish River in Snohomish County. It was platted in
1866 and actively competed with Stanwood (downriver) as a commercial center
until the Great Northern Railroad bypassed it and the steamboats could
no longer make it up the river. There are only a few residences left
it the area and one section of the original store.
|Utsalady Ladies Aid Building
The Utsalady Ladies Aid Building
was built in 1923. Utsalady is on the northern shoreline of Camano
Island in Puget Sound, the site of an early mill. It was and continues
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 the
National Register of Historic Places.
||Camano Pioneer Cemetery,
located on Hwy 532 at Terry's Corner
Camano Island, Washington
||Camano 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.
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.
The only 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,
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.
The original postcard
(cropped) shows the photographer credit as "Harriman"
and taken in 1912.
Kristoferson Barns, Camano Island,
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.
||Stanwood 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]
(National 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 century.
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 Cultural Center.
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.
|Historic 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.
Other Historic Places in the
lower Stillaguamish River Valley and Stanwood include:
Stanwood City Hall
Stanwood Fire Station, now being remodeled
Other Historic Places on Camano Island include:
Camano Island Inn (former boarding house/resort/nursing home now b&b)
Mabana Schoolhouse (private residence)
Elger [Algers] Bay Schoolhouse (private residence)
South Camano Grange
American Legion Hall