Welcome To Snohomish WA
Historic Downtown Snohomish MainStreet (First Street) has much to offer visitors and residents alike. Downtown is a multi-use area that appeals to many different customers. Retail and gift shops, restaurants and coffeehouses, art galleries and antique stores, historic lodging, entertainment, and a wide variety of hobby businesses that are all part of the mix. See Calendar of Events for year-round Snohomish events. See Things to do for Attractions, Arts/Events, and other information about our area.
Snohomish City MainStreet was established in 1856 to provide downtown with a MainStreet and preserv the road traffic.
Walk down our “MAINSTREET SNOHOMISH” and find what your searching for. The Historic Business District Downtown Snohomish is actually first street and it contains antique shops for hours of ANTIQUE SHOPPING in SNOHOMISH. Promoting Vitality and Preserving Character
People that live here say snohomish is more than a tourist town, it’s apart of history and you should come see snohomish as often as you can. I love it when visitor’s say snohomish was a pleasure to have seen.
HISTORIC SNOHOMISH Visitors Center
Snohomish is THE place to visit! Our community has made every effort to insure the preservation of our historical beginnings while creating an wonderfully livable city. Snohomish has 8 parks, offering everything from boat launch facilities on the Snohomish River to tennis courts, fishing docks, and loads of play equipment. The Centennial Trail head is located at the intersection of Pine and Maple Avenues. A public pool is operated by the school district and offers sessions for the whole family. ShopSnohomish means finding a treasure in one of our specialty shops or browsing the wares of over 450 antique dealers, plus all your daily needs are conveniently met by shopping locally. We look forward to seeing you in Snohomish! Contact the Snohomish Chamber of Commerce for visitor information.
Snohomish Washington Area History Quick Facts
The Bicycle Tree
A landmark south of Snohomish that became very popular in the late 1800′s was a large cedar tree measuring 48 feet in circumference. When the bicycle became so very popular, a path was made that ran parallel to the road to ride on. The cyclists hired a logger, by the name of Milligan to cut an arch through the tree, for the sum of $15. The arch was 12 feet high and 5 feet wide.
In 1903 Snohomish had many dirt streets, and if there was a sidewalk, it was a wooden sidewalk. There was a plank road on some of the downtown streets for a ways. The planks were about three inches wide running across the street. This is were you walked and if you stepped off the planks you stepped into water or mud. These planks were torn out and First Street was paved with brick. When the brick pavement was finished there was a three day celebration! Every Saturday they would wash First Street witha fire hose. It was kept cleaner than it is today.
Disastrous Fire Hits First Street
First Street between Avenues B and C, was destroyed when a small blaze in the Palace Cafe on the South side of the street got out of control on Memorial Day, 1911 at about four a.m. Thirty-five business structures were put out of business, with $173,000 worth of goods destroyed.
Snohomish Fire Department Established
The earliest fire fighting in Snohomish was the so called “Bucket Brigade”, with buckets and wet sacks. In 1883, the first move towards concerted fire protection in the small community was taken, with the installation of a force pump and 100 feet fo hose on th bank of the Snohomish River. In 1887, the first city water system from Blackman’s Lake was put into service. On August 8, 1890 the City Council established a fire department. G.W. Head was elected the first Fire Chief.
history Overview - One of the first inland communities in the Puget Sound Region, Snohomish began in 1859 at the ferry crossing of the Snohomish River for the military road between Fort Steilacoom and Fort Bellingham. The town-site quickly grew as a center of transportation and commerce, and for 30 years was the county seat of Snohomish County. Connection to Puget Sound was along the river, first by canoe and then by steamship. These were eventually augmented, and then replaced by rail. Ensuing years found the City prosperous and successful with a strong commercial and community identity. Basic enterprises included sawmills, which produced lumber from the huge cedar trees native to the area; and plants which processed and packaged the agriculture products grown in the adjacent river valleys.
Since its founding, Snohomish has endured the typical difficulties suffered by older central cities, including a major fire which destroyed a number of the buildings along First Street; and flooding which has eroded the south side of the First Street area adjacent to the river. Local forest product and food processing mills closed, eroding the basic employment sector of the City. A bypass was built for Highway US 2, which originally came through town. The First Street commercial district fell on hard times, with traditional stores unable to compete with automobile-oriented businesses on the strip commercial streets in the City, and regional shopping opportunities in the nearby I-5 corridor.
Locals say that in the 1960s a cannon shot down First Street in Snohomish would have hit no moving thing. The anxiety experienced by this decline is evidenced by a plan prepared for the City in 1965, which proposed replacing many of the existing structures along First Street with a covered mall!
Lucky thing that the City had not the money for urban renewal.
Snohomish, Washington is committed to promoting vitality and preserving character. As one of the oldest cities in Snohomish County, Snohomish has a current population of 9,145. Incorporated in 1859, the city is located 40 miles north of Seattle. Snohomish’s historic business and residential districts are listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Recent developments make Snohomish one of the best places to live, work and explore.