Queen Anne House – Snohomish, WA

After writing a post about the Southernmost House in the United States, I began to pay a little bit more attention to the architectural styles of the homes I was seeing on my travels.

Front of home, with tower and ornamented gable.
Front of home, with tower and ornamented gable.

I have always found the “Queen Anne House” in Snohomish to be beautiful, but it has no signage (it is a private residence, after all), and if there’s no Wikipedia page on it, I’m clueless! That is, until now. I did some research on Queen Anne Style victorian buildings in the United States, and I ran across the book Beautiful America’s Northwest Victorians, which mentions this home. It says it was built in 1887 (which fits for the neighborhood), and “has a shingle-clad, centrally-placed tower, faux quoins, and an explosion of cut-out ornament in the front gable.” I would say that is a fairly accurate description of this home!

For those of you wondering what a “quoin” is, I googled it, and vocabulary.com says: Some quoins are decorative features, providing variety and pattern to the corner where two exterior walls meet. Others have an important structural job, strengthening buildings by reinforcing the corners. Quoin was originally an alternative way to spell coin, and was used to mean “cornerstone” or “wedge.”

It is also pictured on the front of the visitors brochure for Snohomish, but the woman at the Visitor’s Bureau knew nothing about it when my dad asked her. P.S. The Visitor’s Bureau is only several blocks from this home.

Rear of home.
Rear of home.

P.P.S. Apparently, there is a photo of the house on Wikipedia, I just never saw it until now. Opps! It’s on the page for Snohomish, Washington, a page which lists 19 ‘notable people’ to come out of Snohomish. Only one of those 19 is a woman. Hmmm…

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Snohomish Street Clock

Snohomish Street ClockI took a picture of this street clock in Snohomish, WA thinking it was pretty, and that I would get around to researching its history later. (My photo is to the left. I stole the one above off of Pinterest because it offers a much better view of the clock face.) The downtown Snohomish area is a historic district listed on the National Register of Historic Places, so everything here that looks old and pretty is probably worth researching. Then my dad was showing me his photos of town, and he had photographed the same clock…and showed me that the 11 was missing! The clock has two number twelves! I went back to town and checked the other side – no 11 there either! One of the many examples in my life of how I should pay more attention to the details.

Now on with the history. Not very many companies made street clocks in the early 1900’s, and the styling of the clock is the giveaway for which company made it. This clock was made by the Brown Street Clock Company. I found this bit on a clock collectors message board:

The Brown Street Clock Company manufactured street clocks in Monessen, PA (south of Pittsburgh) from 1906 until the mid-1920’s. While not as grand as the street clocks sold by Seth Thomas and E Howard, nevertheless the Brown Street Clock company sold hundreds of street clocks to jewelers and others that perhaps could not afford the more expensive clocks offered by the competition.

I also found who estimated it was made between 1910 -1915 based on the clocks distinguishing features. The building that it sits in front of was built in 1907 and held the First National Bank of Snohomish for over 50 years (according to HistoryLink.org, the state’s nonprofit history repository), so this date makes sense. But wait! Here’s a photo of downtown Snohomish from the 1920’s (from the Centennial Trail website), and it shows the clock across the street from its current location. Hmm…Downtown Snohomish 1920ishSo when did it move? And why doesn’t it have a number eleven? This clock is much more interesting than I originally thought!

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Pioneer Cemetery in Snohomish, WA

This is an intriguing bit of history, located just above the main drag through Snohomish, WA. I shall tell you the story as I understand it, but I readily admit that I am a bit foggy on the details.

In the late 1800’s, one of Seattle’s pioneering families, John & Lydia Low, were buried in this cemetery, along with many other pioneers of the area. The last burial was early in the 1900’s, and then the cemetery became overgrown and somewhat forgotten. In the 1940’s, the state cut a road right through the center, relocating all of the bodies they came across to nearby Grand Army of the Republic (GAR) Cemetery, as well as the tombstones…not necessarily matched together, mind you. Here you can see cemetery in the foreground & background with the road running through the center.Pioneer Cemetery close to road in Snohomish

Since then, a senior center and parking lot have been built on top of sections of the graveyard, and remaining tombstones have been moved to the “Fake cemetery” up on the hill as a memorial to those buried nearby. Some of them are truly stunning headstones for whom I’m sure were stunning people (after all, this place was quite wild when they showed up!)Stunning headstone at Pioneer Cemetery in Snohomish

Also on this corner of the cemetery is Kikendall cabin, which was moved here in the mid 1960’s, I think, from it’s original home nearby. When I was trying to find out for sure, I found this article from 1964 published in the now defunct Monroe Monitor newspaper. The cabin boasts an amazing fireplace/chimney that you can see in the photo above. Here is the cabin from another angle so readers can see the impressive (yet unintended) collection of moss on the roof:Kikendall cabin with moss on roof

There used to be a Kikendall Cabin Historical Society, and on their website they wrote about the history of the family and the cabin. The following is a snippet:

Kikendall built the Kikendall log cabin in 1875 on a 120 acre Pilchuck River homestead, that was purchased for $1.50 an acre. The log cabin was located first north of Snohomish between the Snohomish-Machias Road, on the banks of the Pilchuck River. This cabin was once one of the pioneer landmarks of the area with its big stone fireplace, huge chinked logs and spacious porches. The first floor of the original cabin was just one room and extended to the back wall of the parlor. The cabin was twenty feet wide and sixteen feet deep. The Kikendall family moved into their new home in October of 1875. The kitchen area was added on the back about twenty years later (about 1895) increasing the depth to twenty -five feet. The second floor was used for sleeping quarters. When the cabin was eventually wired for electricity, the light bulb was located over the organ not only for light but to help keep the organ warm and dry during the winter months.

I must say that I was amazed at the lack of signage in this area. A person just pulls into the shopping center parking lot & walks to this plot in the corner to see a slice of history. I had to come home and Google it before I could find out what it was. While I was Google-ing, I found this great Seattle Times article here that explains a lot about why the cemetery has been rearranged so much over the years. Hopefully there will not be any further development on this plot of land, but unfortunately for the deceased, this is a very rapidly growing area and the demand for land keeps rising, so I won’t get my hopes too high.

Headstones in Snohomish's Pioneer Cemetery, a.k.a. Pilchuck Cemetery
Headstones in Snohomish’s Pioneer Cemetery, a.k.a. Pilchuck Cemetery

I have been in the field of Early Childhood Education since 1995. I have my Bachelor’s degree in Professional Child Development. In my free time, I love LEGO, ballet, ballroom dancing, eating out, traveling, history, architecture, genealogy, and people.