Only six of the nine Early Snohomish Heritage Trail signs designed have been installed in the existing kiosks along the south side of First Street.

The three remaining signs, one, two, and nine are of a landscape format, intended to stand alone. Wendy Poischbeg, the city’s Economic Development, and Communications Manager was awarded a Historic Preservation grant from Snohomish County for the signs and as the project manager, she is the one to contact to learn when the remaining signs will be installed.

A special thanks to copyeditor Melanie Kreiger, and graphic designer David Chrisman for their careful reviews — it takes a village.


Tap on a thumbnail (then tap again) to view the signs’ actual size.

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“J. S. White Our First Architect”

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Tap image to view Dust Cover images and learn book specs.

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Happy to sign a copy
with an inscription:
Only $29.95!”

(+ tax; USA shipping included!)


Name if Personalized:

Signed copies are available exclusively at Snohomish’s cozy
at 2nd & Avenue B | 360.217.8521

Unsigned copies of our Fine Art Book are shrink wrapped —
and available at the following fine bookstores:
Lake Forest Park | Third Place Books, 206.366.3333
Everett | Judy Matheson, Gifts, 425.258.2287
Seattle | Peter Miller Books, 206.441.1501
And online at Amazon.

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To purchase by check please remit $32.71 ($2.76 tax) payable to Snohomish Stories, 230 Avenue B, Snohomish, WA 98290.

Follw this link to view Dust Cover Images & Book Specs

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Header image above is from an Emerson 3rd grader’s Thank You Note, as is my lovely portrait above; pictured left is a parent’s snap of the the walking tour.

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Arcade Article

“Researching the history of the architecture in small towns like Snohomish is often an impossible task. Early cities and towns had little or no requirements for building permits, early architects’ records are typically nonexistent, and other information, if it exists, can be extremely difficult to dig up. Thus it is quite unusual that we have a new book that documents and illustrates the work of pioneer Snohomish architect and builder John S. White (1845–1920). Published in 2017, local historian Warner S. Blake’s book, J. S. White: Our First Architect; His Surviving Structures from 19th-Century Snohomish, is an illustrated guide (with photography by Otto Greule) that tells the story of White’s Snohomish career.”

Read the entire essay by Jeffrey Karl Ochsner, a professor in the Department of Architecture who currently serves as associate dean in the College of Built Environments at the University of Washington; and who showered our project with many useful suggestions for which we are grateful, as well as for this essay.

Many More Reviews …

Board of Angels & Publishers

• Karen Guzak, President
• Mary Pat Connors, Secretary
• Julie O’Ferrel, Treasurer
• Janet Kusler
• Leah & Shaun McNatt
• Melinda Gladstone
• Otto Greule
• Denise Johns & Terry Thoren
• Margaret & Randy Riddle
• Joan & Mike Whitney
• Penny & Gary Ferguson
• Warner Blake, Director

And Our Publishers:
Ed and Margarita Anderson • Lya Badgley and Sasha Babic • Bob Bickford • Sara Blake • Robert Sarazin Blake • Donna and Peter Blake • Diane and Bill Bylund • Diana Carver • Karen Charnell and Thomas M. Tredway • Melody Clemans • Peg and Jeffery Cox • Teresa Courtney • Karen Crowley and Tom Merrill • Penny and Fred Cruger • Michael Edwards • Nancy Finelli •  Cynthia First and Ron Dotzauer  •  Ed Garth • Susan Geib • Rachel Ben-Shmuel and Serge Gregory • Marta Gronlund & David Carrithers • Lauren Guzak • Chad Alice Hagen • Cherie Hembree • Laura Huntington • Eric Lewis • Rebecca Loveless • Peter Moore • Mathew Naki • Chris Wakefield and Todd Nichols • Dale Preboski and Paul Kaftanski • Barb Rohe and Willie Dickerson • Nicole Robinson and Matt Naki • Jackie and Ken Roelen • Regie and Frank Routman • Lynn and Alex Schilaty • Nan and Ross Scott • Lita Sheldon • Debbie and Chad Shue • Nora Terwilliger and Robert Noble • Ellen and Eric Vannice • Grant Weed • Joan Wilson.

Thank You All!

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News & Stories

Grand Opening of Spada’s Family
Farmhouse Brewery on First Street!

Featured Image: The NOW shot of the renovated brewery, bar and cafe on 12.06.2020; pictured above is the THEN shot (explained below). Mellisa Spada contacted me to learn what I might know about the former Stewart’s building at 709 First which they purchased with plans to expand their family business, the Spada Farmhouse Brewery. I …