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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.

Transportation
February 7, 2019

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…
Government
March 25, 2019

Dick Taylor 2000

Dick Taylor, a city council member, served as Kenmore's second mayor, 2000-2002. Photo courtesy of the City of Kenmore
Community Life
February 10, 2019

Holiday Party

The Kenmore Community Club has hosted numerous functions including this 1951 Christmas party. Bob Smeltzer plays Santa Claus and Bonnie Smeltzer, his wife, is behind him as Mrs. Claus. Standing in front with his back to the camera is Bob Millman. Front row, left to right, are Barbara Kramer, Rosalie…
Business & Industry
January 30, 2019

Nite & Day Market

Founded in 1946, the Nite & Day Market continues serving the motoring public from its site at 6233 Bothell Way overlooking Lake Washington. Photo courtesy of Washington State Archives, Puget Sound Regional Branch.

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