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Lynnwood Celebrates the Interurban Trail

February 20, 2014 was the 75th anniversary of the final run of the Interurban rail service between Everett and Seattle. Lynnwood celebrates the role that this service played in the development of our community. The Interurban route ran between Seattle and Everett from 1910 to 1939. Soon after Highway 99 was built, the Interurban Railway was abandoned in favor of bus and automobile travel.

In the mid-90s, Lynnwood and other cities along the corridor began developing portions of the Interurban Trail for non-motorized commuter and recreational use. Lynnwood's Heritage Park at 19921 Poplar Way displays Interurban Car No. 55, which was one of the six original electric cars that traveled between Seattle and Everett. Car No. 55 has been beautifully restored and is on public display. During the summer months the trolley may be toured, and docents lead guided tours with historic details and stories of the Interurban.

The Interurban remains an important part of Lynnwood by offering pedestrian and non-motorized transportation along the Interurban Trail. Lynnwood was recently awarded a grant from the Puget Sound Regional Council (PSRC) to complete connections of the Interurban Trail between 212th St SW to South Lynnwood Park. Improvements support the vision of Lynnwood as a (pedestrian and bike friendly community) and the goals of the City Center Plan. The Interurban remains an important part of Lynnwood's past, present, and future.

About Heritage Park
Heritage Park celebrates the agricultural, transportation and social heritage of Lynnwood from its roots in the rural community of Alderwood Manor formed in 1919. Heritage exhibits throughout the park tell stories of life in early Alderwood Manor, and its historic structures have been renovated and repurposed as community resource facilities. These include the South Snohomish County Visitor Information Center and Wickers Museum in the Wickers Building; the Heritage Resource Center in the Superintendent’s Cottage; the Sno-Isle Genealogy Library in the Humble House; and Interurban Car No. 55. Heritage Park is owned and operated by the City of Lynnwood, in partnership with the Snohomish County Tourism Bureau, Alderwood Manor Heritage Association, and the Sno-Isle Genealogical Society. To learn more, visit http://www.lynnwoodwa.gov/PlayLynnwood/Parks/Heritage-Park.htm

About City of Lynnwood
Incorporated in 1959, Lynnwood is the economic hub of South Snohomish County. Situated at the convergence of interstates I- 5 and I-405, Lynnwood’s accessibility, variety of housing and employment options, colleges and outstanding park system attract a wide variety of businesses and residents. For its diverse population of more than 36,000, Lynnwood is a great place to live, work and play. Lynnwood Moving Forward: Our Community Vision – the City will be a regional model for a sustainable, vibrant community with engaged citizens and accountable government. Lynnwood is…a great deal more! http://www.lynnwoodwa.gov/

David Kleitsch, Director
Office of Economic Development
Email: dkleitsch@lynnwoodwa.gov
Phone: 425-670-5249