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Kenmore Voices

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Community LifeKenmore VoicesParks & Recreation
March 27, 2023

The Sno-King Watershed Council Gets a Start

When you live in a beautiful place like the Pacific Northwest, you cannot help but be shaped by where you live .... Love Where You Live When you live in a beautiful place like the Pacific Northwest, you cannot help but be shaped by where you live. Such is the…
Kenmore Voices
May 30, 2021

Then & Now ~ School and Learning Evolved!

1901 - 1914 School-age children of McMaster Mill employees attended class in one of the sawmill shacks like this one, from 1901 until a schoolhouse was built in 1914. Kenmore Heritage Society photo 1914 - 1916 The Kenmore schoolhouse was occupied for two years, 1914-1916, until consolidating with Bothell, and…
Kenmore VoicesNews & Events
May 30, 2021

Smile! National Camera Day – June 29

Photography is Part of our Everyday Life National Camera Day celebrates the fact that photography, once so complicated it took a scientist to understand, is now part of our everyday lives. The word “photography” is based on two Greek words that, when put together, mean “writing with light.” It’s a…

Historic Kenmore

Dive deep into the images from our archives. Here are a few examples from our collection.

February 10, 2019

Epiphany Lutheran Church

Epiphany Lutheran Church members moved into their new facility on Juanita Drive (68th Avenue NE) in 1961 after meeting in temporary spaces. Photo courtesy of Epiphany Lutheran Church.
Business & IndustryHistoric Kenmore
January 30, 2019

First Grocery Store

The intersection of Bothell Way and 68th Avenue NE appears serene in the early 1940s with its single stoplight. The community's first grocery store, on the northwest corner of the intersection, was built by James and Sarah Mitchell in 1919. Next door, Ed and Eliza Mahler opened Kenmore's first gas…
Native Americans
January 29, 2018

Salish Girl

Two hundred years ago, Native Americans were the only people living in what became Kenmore. This Salish girl was typical of the Sts’ahp-absh band, known as “the meanderers,” who moved seasonally in search of food and spent winters on a waterway later known as the Sammamish River near where it…
Community Life
February 10, 2019

Water Carnival Parade

Ellen Smith guides her pony cart and Tony the Pony in the 1949 Kenmore Water Carnival parade. Photo courtesy of Ellen Smith York.

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