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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.

Schools & Libraries
January 29, 2018

First Kenmore Library

On July 21, 1958, Kenmore’s first public library opened in a former barn on 73rd Avenue NE, some 40 years before the city’s incorporation. The new library, founded by an “army of enthusiastic volunteers,” initially offered 5,600 titles. Jean Smith was the first librarian. Here, Ruth Munson leads a story-telling…
Restaurants & Roadhouses
February 7, 2019

The Wishbone Inn

The Wishbone Inn wanted passersby to know that it was "not a roadhouse--just a house by the side of the road." Located at 7330 Bothell Way, the inn served chicken dinners in the 1940s. The Schnitzelbank, a German restaurant, was a later, longtime occupant of the site. Photo courtesy of…
Government
March 25, 2019

The First City Council

The first city council, elected in the spring of 1998 to guide the new government, became official when the city incorporated in August 1998. Members, left to right, are Tika Esler, deputy mayor Dick Taylor, Deborah Chase, mayor Jack Crawford, Chip Davidson, Steve Colwell, and Elodie Morse. Photo courtesy of…
Pioneer Families
April 18, 2019

Casey Bannister

Casey Bannister in front of the store. Photo courtesy of Bannister family

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