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Kenmore Voices

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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…
Kenmore Voices
April 25, 2021

Mount St. Helens Erupts!

KHS Board Member Marella Alejandrino remembers ... Growing up in the Ballard neighborhood and being a native of Seattle, I certainly took for granted as a child the beautiful and majestic nature that surrounded me. I grew up in an era where you played and spent as much time as…

Historic Kenmore

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

Community LifeParks & Recreation
February 6, 2018

Ward’s Beach Resort

Ward’s Beach Resort on the north end of Lake Washington was a popular destination for recreation from 1947 to 1959. The property owned by Carl Ward later became Uplake Marina and then Davidson’s Marina.
January 30, 2019

McMaster Shingle Mill

The McMaster Shingle Mill sprawls along the Lake Washington shoreline in 1909. The foreground buildings face a dirt road that later became Bothell Way. Just beyond are the railroad tracks and in the background is the site of the future Inglewood area. Photo courtesy of Snohomish County Museum & Historical…
February 7, 2019

Mill Owner John McMaster

John McMaster opened a shingle mill on the northeast shore of Lake Washington on January 1, 1901, and named the site Kenmore, reflecting the name of his previous home, Kenmore, Ontario. Photo courtesy of Bothell Library
Restaurants & Roadhouses
January 30, 2019

Open for Business

The Cat's Whiskers Cafe at 61st Avenue NE welcomed patrons with porch seating, an open doorway, and beans for thirty cents. The "Open for Business" sign may refer to the cafe's move from the south side of Bothell Way to the north side in the 1930s. Photo courtesy of Washington…

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