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Bothell, WA

There must have been something in the air near Lake Washington in the early 1870’s, for this period saw the settling of Bothell and Redmond in 1870, and Woodinville in 1871. Squak Slough was the new inland highway, the breech in nature’s armor.

Everywhere, the first order of business was to clear enough trees to build a cabin, and then clear trees as far as the horses and oxen were willing to go, and agriculture naturally followed. History notes that the Greenleaf and Wilson families were the first to build in current Bothell. Just think, the town could have been known as Greenleaf, or Wilson, but the honor went after all to Mr. David Bothell, who didn’t arrive until 1885.

Before that though, jobs arrived in town in 1876 with the advent of commercial logging funded by George Brackett, who harvested trees to the north of the slough. The railroad came through Bothell in 1888 and provided faster and more reliable transportation for people and cargo. Bothell was definitely a riverfront community of tenacious people with great vision and entrepreneurial mindset.

Even though there was enough population and commerce in Bothell to support incorporating in 1909, growth continued very slowly to 1950 when the town counted 1,019 residents. After that, annexations began and the population rapidly increased to 4,883 in 1970, 12,345 in 1990, and 33,505 in 2010.

Wider area events continued to affect Bothell’s development, and in 1913, roads connected Bothell with Seattle and Everett. This came non too soon, for even though after 1900 the Army Corps of Engineers started to dredge and straighten the Squak Slough (now Sammamish River), most commercial boat traffic ended when Lake Washington was lowered about 9 feet in 1916-17 when the Ballard Locks were opened for use.

Bothell’s most popular home design of the 1910 – 1930 period was known as the craftsman style, which was very often adopted all across the country. Then, following WWII, the ranch house architecture was in vogue. As you travel between Bothell’s many distinct neighborhoods, the houses will be noticeably different, reflecting design preferences of the era.

From 1960 to 1990, the town served as a bedroom community for commuters. However in the 1980’s, the office complex/light industrial area at North Creek began a long run of expansion that is today a key biotech, engineering, computer technology and telecommunications center. This ‘technology corridor’ now supports 20,000 jobs. Bothell’s convenient and strategic location near travel routes in all four directions was instrumental in its economic good fortune.

Bothell is now reconnecting to its pioneer roots in an effort to recognize and honor those people and events that shaped today’s town. The tremendous historical changes happening at Bothell Landing along the Sammamish River are a sight to behold and will be a legacy for generations to come.

At the same time there is a present to celebrate and a future to look forward to. Residents find their town friendly and inviting, with a wonderful balance of open spaces, civic pride, public events, and a homey, small business atmosphere.

There’s plenty to do at the Freedom Festival, Music in the Park, Arts and Crafts Fair, Riverfest, Summit Bike Ride, pumpkin carving at Country Village, and the Christmas tree lighting and Santa’s arrival. You can always take a college course at nearby UW Bothell or Cascadia Community College, or play some golf at the Wayne Public Course.

Sadly in 2010, Bothell lost Capt. Phil Harris, a beloved member of the northwest commercial fishing community. Phil, his sons, and his boat, the Cornelia Marie, were featured for years on the blockbuster Discovery Channel television series, Deadliest Catch. Tens of millions of viewers faithfully ventured out weekly with Capt. Phil and his other Captain comrades in search of crab in the deadly waters of Alaska’s Bering Sea. Phil was a match for everything Mother Nature could dish out at sea, and we will all miss his rough around the edges, but loving nature. You knew who Phil was, you could trust whatever he said, and most of all he loved his boys. Your valiant spirit will live on and be an inspiration to all of us, Phil.

Well as you can see, Bothell is very proud to still be a Norman Rockwell, small town America community. From a wide spot in the road to a 21st century town, we honor where we came from, take pride in our present, and look forward to building a legacy based future.

Useful Links and Local Features

City of Bothell

Greater Bothell Chamber Of Commerce

Thinking Of Moving Here?

Pioneer Cemetery – 1889, NE Corner of 108th Ave NE and NE 180th St
First Schoolhouse - 1885, 9919 NE 180th St (Bothell Landing)
Beckstrom Log Cabin – 1884, 9919 NE 180th St (Bothell Landing)
Chase House – 1889, 17819 113th Ave NE
North Creek School House – 1902, 1129 208th Street SE

Bothell, WA – Neighborhood Scout

Comcast Neighborhoods: Part 1, Bothell, Washington

Comcast Neighborhoods: Part 2, Bothell, Washington

Explore Bothell

City of Bothell Washington July 2013 Update – Ray Eickhoff

Bothell Landing – Downtown’s Future

Historic Video of Business People in Downtown Bothell, Washington Circa 1938 (No Audio) - Luke Sprague

Revitalizing Anderson School, Bothell WA - AndersonSchoolPropertiesLLC

Bothell Historical Museum

Historic North Creek School House, Bothell WA - CityofBothell

Bothell’s Lytle House - CityofBothell

The Red Brick Road Park - CityofBothell

Bothell Pioneer Cemetery - Tombfinder

Northshore Senior Center: Bothell

Northshore YMCA at Bothell

Northshore Performing Arts Center

Bothell Farmers Market - CountryVillageBothell

Bothell Forest Reserve - Reid Johnson (Trey Removed Ground Nesting Yellow Jackets Here to Keep It Safe for Visitors)

Canyon Park Firehouse Bothell Washington – Phil Leng

University of Washington | Bothell

University of Washington Bothell - Video - UW Bothell

UW Bothell Virtual Tour - UW Bothell

Crows at University of Washington, Bothell – SeattlePI

Cascadia Community College Bothell WA – lESPIMD02

Cascadia Community College - Spotlight

Bothell High School

Bothell High School Senior Video 2014 – Don’t Stop Believin’ - MovieMachine33

BHS Homecoming 2014 - Ray Eickhoff

Bothell High School Football – MaxPreps

Bothell 4A State Champions 2014 – Parl Guthrie

Cedar Park Christian Schools - Bothell Campus

Cedar Park Church

Shelton View Elementary - SchoolDigger

Bothell WA 4th of July Parade 2014 – Curtis Blackwell

4th of July Parade 2013 in Bothell, Washington – Almaida Nur

The Lady Gaga Rooster in Bothell – CJ XOXmas

Feeding the Rabbits Along the Sammamish River Trail – Dan Humphrey

Savoy Swing Club Performance Troupe at Sons of Norway in Bothell – Dave the Wave

Vertafore Insurance Software – 2014 Music Video Challenge Response - Vertafore

The Yellow Bird in Winter – Michael Kleven

Harris’s Sparrow at Bothell, WA Dec 31, 2010 – ZugunruheBirding

Kayaking the Sammamish River – SeattleAreaTom

Kayaking the Sammamish River 2012 – Rob Casey

Paddleboarding on the Sammamish River - WhatsSup Stand Up Paddleboarding & Surf - Dakine Fiveo

Deadliest Catch Capt. Phil Harris Funeral – Dugistheking

Phil Harris Tribute – InfiniumProduction

Captain Phil Harris: “I Build Birdfeeders” – Rabbitzstuckateurin

Capt. Phil Harris Burial at Sea and Intro Deadliest Catch Season 7 - Dugistheking

Capt. Phil Harris Public Memorial – Peter Mongillo

Brooks Biddle Chevrolet – Brooks Biddle Legacy Tribute - SeattleTimes

Country Village

Country Village Bothell WA Fuchsia Event 2012 - Country Village Shops

2012 Country Village Fuchsia Event – Variety Entries - Country Village Shops

Reindeer at Country Village - Country Village Shops

Pirates Invading Country Village - Country Village Shops

Pirate Day 2012 at Country Village Shops - Country Village Shops

The River at Country Village - Country Village Shops

Wayne Public Golf Course

Bothell Jewelers & Collectibles Tour

Lake Pleasant RV Park – Bothell Washington - Debbie Block

Red Robin in Bothell - Paul Deutsch

Russell’s Dining in Bothell, WA - Local Restaurant Coupons

Carolina Smoke – Best BBQ - Ranked #11 of 124

Larry’s Smokehouse - Ranked #33 of 124

Bonefish Grill – Bothell

Outback Steakhouse

The Ale House & Eatery

Preservation Kitchen

Hilton Garden Inn – Bothell, WA

Country Inn & Suites

Country Inn & Suites Video - Hotel TV

Comfort Inn – Bothell

Bothell Real Estate – Zillow

Know What's Below, Call Before You Dig

Pest Control and Extermination Services for Bothell - Trey Shelton

Bee, Wasp, Hornet and Yellow Jacket Nest Removal for Bothell - Trey Shelton

Beaver, Otter, Mt. Beaver and Raccoon Trapping for Bothell - Trey Shelton

Shockwave™ Mole Control, Removal and Extermination for Bothell – Trey Shelton

Tree Removal, Topping and Thinning - Mike Green

Real Estate Services – Julie Hutton

Real Estate Services – Joni Kerley

Real Estate Services – Lynette Thomas

Real Estate Services – Debbie Walter

Real Estate Services – John Fiala

Real Estate Services – Ricklie Stone/Ron Waxman

Real Estate Services – Eric & Renee Reese

Real Estate Services – Todd & Candis Brink

Real Estate Services – Charlotte Kossow

Real Estate Services – Stephen Macdonald

Real Estate Services – Beth Billington

Strategies for Negotiating Inspections – Mike Winkler & E J Bowlds (As a General Contractor, Trey Performs Specific Issue and Pest Control Related Work to Seller|Buyer Complete Satisfaction)

Air Duct Cleaning

Roofing Services

Gutter Services

Drainage And Structural Services

Precision Turf Equipment – Dan Robinson

Home Inspections – Mark Daughtry

Handicraftsman Services – Roger McColley

Professional Painting Services - Matt Elam & PJ Clarke

Irrigation, Lighting, Backflow Device Testing, Service & Repair - Dave Sheldon

Ballard Ornamental Ironworks, Inc. – Douglas and David Farage

Tom McIntosh Glass and Glazing - Tom McIntosh

Fasteners, Tools, Maintenance & Shop Supplies

Fireplace Heating Products

Woodworking Power Tools, Bits & Hand Tools

Premium Cedar, Exotic Hardwoods, Custom Milling

Home Improvement & Outdoor Equipment – Monroe

Home Improvement & Outdoor Equipment – Snohomish

Household Maintenance Products & Materials, Hardware & Supplies

Paint & Decorating | Wood Finishes | Expert Tint Matching

Premium Quality Paints – The Professional Painters Paint Store

Earl’s Lakeview Barber Shop – Traditional Old School Shop with Mounts on the Wall, Sports Memorabilia & Outdoors Conversation in Kirkland – Five Stars

Kirkland Transmission – Transmissions, Fuel Injectors, & Trustworthy Service (Tony Helps Keep My Trucks On the Road ~ Trey)

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