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Take a trip in the transit time machine

Lynnwood’s Heritage Park open house event continues this Saturday, September 5 from 11am – 3pm. Take a break from the parades and cookouts and join us for a ride on the Transit Time Machine for a view of transportation's past, present, and future.

The Past: Explore Heritage Park's restored Interurban Car 55 which provided commuter service from Everett to Seattle. History buffs will enjoy the historic buildings and museum exhibits showcasing Alderwood Manor and early Lynnwood.  

The Present: Check out a Community Transit Double Tall Bus and lean about the variety of transportation options available today. Get info and ask questions about current routes, developments, and options for getting around Snohomish County. 

The Future: Planners from Community Transit will be available to discuss the future of service -- from the future Swift lines to expanded service and much more. There will also be information and displays on the upcoming Sound Transit Link Light Rail project that will connect Lynnwood to Seattle and beyond. 

The park, located east of I-5 at the SE corner of Poplar Way and Alderwood Mall Parkway, is a cultural, heritage and visitor resource. The open house events offer a unique opportunity for park visitors to tour the various historical structures including Interurban Car 55 that have been preserved at the park. 

Open House activities include: 

  • Climb aboard a Community Transit Double Tall Bus and learn about the future of transportation in Snohomish County. 
  • Tour guides, Jeanne and Gary Rogers, will entertain visitors with tales of Car 55, one of six Interurban trolleys that ran between Seattle and Everett from 1910 to 1939.  Jeanne grew up in a railroading family; her father, Walter Shannon, was an Interurban motorman.
  • Docents from the Alderwood Manor Heritage Association will be available to provide guided tours of the exhibits currently on display in the Superintendent’s Cottage and at the Wickers Building Museum. 
  • Stop by the Snohomish County Tourism Bureau’s Visitor Information Center where you can walk through the historic Wickers Building Museum and view the City of Lynnwood Historic Timeline exhibit. 
  • Visitors are invited to take a peek into their personal genealogical history at Humble House with the assistance of the Sno-Isle Genealogical Society. 

School Supply Donation Drive: 

The Snohomish County Tourism Bureau will be hosting a school supply donation drive at the Visitor Information Center in the Wickers Building. The donation drive will kick-off at the open house and continue through the month of August. Donated supplies will benefit the Sleep Country Foster Kids Program that provides much needed school supplies to foster kids in the local area. To donate, bring your new item to the Visitor Center sometime in the month of August. Donation items can include: 

  • Paper: lined, copy, construction, spiral notebook, composition notebook, index cards
  • Pencils & Pens: blue, black, #2 pencils, colored pencils, erasers, pencil sharpener, pencil case, crayons, highlighters, dry-erase markers
  • Things you can never have too much of: tissues, sanitizing wipes, hand sanitizer