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North Seattle Airpark

A small airfield operated for four years on the hill east of Juanita Drive near NE 141st Street. North Seattle Airpark provided flight training for would-be fliers through the GI Bill and offered aerial banner service to advertisers from 1948 to 1952. Merritt Smythe (left) and Joe Menard, son of…
SuzanneG
February 7, 2019
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Future Air Harbor

A former swamp hosts the beginnings of Kenmore Air Harbor in 1946. Owner Bob Munro and his family lived in the house (right) that also served as an office for his small fleet of floatplanes. Photo courtesy of Kenmore Air Harbor Transportation
SuzanneG
February 7, 2019
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The Squak Boat

Powered by a 12-horsepower steam engine, a 40-foot, shallow-draft scow ran daily from Seattle’s Madison Park up Lake Washington, delivering passengers and freight. The Squak also was the first passenger vessel to operate on Sammamish Slough, serving Bothell, Woodinville, Redmond, and Issaquah. The trip from Seattle to Bothell took about…
SuzanneG
February 7, 2019
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Kenmore’s First Hotel

Kenmore's First Hotel Kenmore's first hotel, the American, housed Greek and Italian immigrant workers who laid the bricks for the road in 1913 that became Bothell Way. Photo courtesy of the Bannister family
SuzanneG
February 7, 2019
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Casey Bannister

Bothell Auto Stage driver Casey Bannister of Kenmore stands beside a Winton motor bus near Swamp Creek. The stage line was founded by Elmer Ross after completion in 1913-14 of the brick road that became Bothell Way. Previously the land routes were rough trails and dirt roads that often became…
SuzanneG
February 7, 2019
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Northern Pacific Railroad Train

An early automobile appears to be racing a Northern Pacific Railroad train as both travel eastward along Lake Washington toward Kenmore in about 1930. The scene is Bothell Way in the vicinity of 55th Avenue NE. Kenmore was a flag stop for train passengers and freight from 1887 until 1941.
SuzanneG
January 29, 2018
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Bothell Stage Line Coaches

Kenmore became a more popular destination after red-brick paving replaced the dirt road from north Seattle to Bothell in 1914. In this photo, several of the motorized Bothell Stage Line vehicles make their way on the new road. One can imagine the enjoyment of the “Sunday drive” that was so…
SuzanneG
January 29, 2018
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Kenmore Air Harbor 1946

Kenmore Air Harbor was founded on a shoestring in 1946 by three young World War II veterans who bought 2.5 acres at the north end of Lake Washington. One of them, Bob Munro, built a 36-horsepower Aeronca from parts salvaged off of wrecked planes, then housed the aircraft in a…
SuzanneG
January 29, 2018