Snohomish’s Centennial Trail

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. centennial trail signThe sign is located right next to a re-creation of the old train depot that used to lie next to the original tracks. old snohomish depot

snohomish train depotHere is a transcription of the sign, as well as the back of the sign which lists the members of the city council at the time of the installation:

Centennial Trail

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:

IN LOVING MEMORY OF MATTHEW MURRY 5-13-76 TO 3-3-02
IN LOVING MEMORY OF MATTHEW MURRY 5-13-76 TO 3-3-02
DONATED BY PENNY & GARY FERGUSON 2011
DONATED BY PENNY & GARY FERGUSON 2011
IN LOVING MEMORY OF KATHY PRINCE
IN LOVING MEMORY OF KATHY PRINCE
Lovingly gifted by the family and friends of Katie Bettzig 2-22-27 7-17-98
Lovingly gifted by the family and friends of Katie Bettzig 2-22-27 7-17-98
Centennial trail dog fountain
IN LOVING MEMORY OF EILEEN CORNWELL

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.