Category Archives: Historic Sites Tour

Historic Sites Tour Sept 17 and 18

Please include the Stanwood Area Historical Society in your tour on Sept 17 and 18th.
There are a lot of activities, vintage sales, exhibits, and programs scheduled both days and we welcome new visitors.
SAHS Historical Sites Tour page
SAHS Buildings & Places History articles

We also have many links for you to explore on this webpage from our virtual tour created last year – Learn our history of this unique area of island and Stillaguamish River history –
Historicsitestour.com
Schedule of Events
FRIDAY Sept 17 Tour (pdf) 
SATURDAY Sept 18 Tour (pdf)

Including the communities of Warm Beach, Cedarhome, Silvana, Florence, Victoria, Village, Milltown, Camano Island, Utsalady, Juniper Beach, Livingston Bay, Camano City, Mabana, Elger Bay in Snohomish and Island Counties

Including Warm Beach, Cedarhome, Silvana, Florence, Victoria, Village, Milltown, Camano Island, Utsalady, Juniper Beach, Livingston Bay, Camano City, Mabana, Elger Bay in Snohomish and Island Counties

 

The Stanwood Hotel

The Stanwood Hotel, one of our oldest buildings still serves beer, food and occasionally has had music.  The original building was built shortly after the 1892 fire that destroyed most of the buildings in Stanwood at the time.  The Hotel is not officially on our 2020 Historical Sites Tour but It has witnessed floods and many changes since that time.  It was a gathering place for businessmen, loggers, millworkers, hunters and the occasional tourist.

It’s first owners named it the “Hotel Cottage Home”  according to Allan Anderson.  It usually had restaurant that served meals.  About 1904-06 it was operated by Mr. and Mrs. Ira Galloupe (Stanwood Story,  v. 2 p. 88.) Allan Bartz owned it until 1911 when he went over to East Stanwood and built the Bartz Hotel near the depot. Before 1922 it was on the Pacific Highway until it was re-routed past East Stanwood. The next owners we know of were George Bellow and Chris Papps.  They sold at some point to Sverre Landray followed by Thomas and Irene Craig in 1955.  In 1961 the Craigs sold it to Mr and Mrs. S. N Benjamin from Seattle.  Vicki Tanner owned some time in the 1970s???.  In the 1990s it was operated by Mr. and Mrs. Esterbrook.

As always, we are seeking other owners to pull together this building history, Contact us if you know more.  (Source: ) )

Stanwood City Hall

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The news-clipping reproduction on the left shows a photograph of the original Stanwood Town Hall presumably built when Stanwood incorporated in 1903 but perhaps earlier.  It faced the same direction (north) as the front entrance on Irvine (270th) as the current City Hall.
At the time, there was no S. R. 532.  It had three houses behind it which were replaced by 532.
According to the 1910 Anderson Plat book of Snohomish County, there was a jail behind this building and it was labeled “Court Room and Jail”.

Oliver was the first homesteader here whose land became Stanwood. Irvine owned the Thompson House before S. A. Thompson and had a ranch just east of the Oliver land.

 

 

The “new/current” Stanwood City Hall building was completed in 1936 and was a special project of 5-term Mayor Charles Dockendorf. It was partially funded by the Work Progress Administration (WPA). In 1944 it was paid off “with virtually no extra cost to the taxpayers, representing an investment of about $20,000.” (Twin City News, Jan 6, 1944)

Stanwood City Hall, 2012;      In 2012 Stanwood made many interior and exterior improvements with assistance and planning by Dave Eldridge, Rebecca Lind, Pearl Schaar, and Mayor Dianne White. Contractors included Tom Regney of Snohomish and Pioneer Masonry of Seattle repairing and sealing cracks in the stucco and repainting.