For the final day of my vacation, the weather was rather unkind, so I decided to devote the day to getting back to Seattle for my late-evening red-eye flight. Along the way, though, I made a stop in Snohomish, Washington — a quaint little town that would be unremarkable, if not for the dozens of antique stores that fill its revitalized downtown business district.
The downtown storefronts are lined up along 1st Street, which is just a stone’s throw from the Snohomish River. Its historic district extends all the way up to 5th Street.
It seems like almost every building has either an antique or craft/collectible store, or a restaurant. Among my favorites was the old Pegasus Theater.
Inside, every square inch was packed with… well… stuff. Most of it was new “stuff”, but there was some old “stuff” in there too — old neon signs, gas pumps, etc., just the kind of “stuff” that I like.
The Antique Warehouse was another of my favorites. It had some very high-end items, like wood furniture, restored gas pumps and Coke machines, but there were also some bargains in its basement.
The legion hall has an ancient neon sign hanging over its front door…
… and the old tile floor still welcomes people to the New Brunswick Hotel, even though the hotel itself is shut down.
If you cross busy Avenue D, you’ll see the Snohomish Iron Works, which have been in business for more than a century.
If you follow Avenue D, it will take you across the Snohomish River…
… by way of an old steel bridge (which, upon my visit in 2011, was quietly celebrating its 101st anniversary). Crossing the bridge, at least part-way, gives you a nice view looking back on the town. Also notice the trail that runs from the bridge, behind the buildings, down to the water. It runs a few blocks along the waterfront, to Cady Park. If you’re not into antique shopping, you could hang out here, while your companion spends your money.
Here’s the time-lapse, dash-cam video of the rainy drive from Bellingham to Snohomish, via I-5, US-2, and WA-9: