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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 7, 2019

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…
Business & Industry
October 25, 2018

Auctioneer James G. Murphy

A Kenmore business that draws national attention and customers is the James G. Murphy auction company on 68th Avenue NE.  Murphy (shown here) founded the business in 1970. Photo courtesy of the Murphy family
Restaurants & Roadhouses
February 7, 2019

Kenmore Inn

The Kenmore Inn staff stands ready to offer oysters and Sunday dining in March 1935. The cafe opened in the early 1930s at 63rd Avenue NE and Bothell Way, giving way to the Chowder Bowl in 1941. The site later became the home of a travel agency. Photo courtesy of…
Parks & Recreation
January 29, 2018

Bert Lindgren’s Dance Hall

Bert Lindgren’s Old Time Dance Hall was a popular night spot in the 1950s. It was destroyed by fire in 1956.

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