What used to be railroad tracks that brought life to this city is now a beautiful paved multi-use path that improves life within the city. When Centennial Trail was dedicated in 2012, a sign was erected along the path to explain to users more about the history of the train tracks. The sign is located right next to a re-creation of the old train depot that used to lie next to the original tracks.
When the first train arrived in 1887 there were no roads to Snohomish…and no cars. Milestones 1887: Seattle Lakeshore & Eastern Railway arrives in Snohomish; becomes the Northern Pacific, then BNSF. 1889: City of Snohomish incorporates. 1895: Estimated 300 cars exist in the USA. 1898: First “Bicycle Age” in Snohomish. 1991: Snohomish County begins Centennial Trail on rail corridor from here to Arlington. 1998: Last rail shipment to Central Feed Mill. 2003: Sno-Isle Library opens at 311 Maple. 2008: Estimated 250 million cars in USA. 2012: Bowen to Pine Avenue trail completed.
Snohomish City Council: Karen Guzak, Mayor; Derrick Burke; Greg Guedel; Tom Hamilton; Paul Kaftanski; Dean Randall; Lynn Schilaty
Scattered along the trail are several benches, gardens, and even a dog watering station! Many of them were financed as memorial gift. Here are some of those memorials: