1877 The Bicycle Tree A landmark south of Snohomish that became very popular in the late 1800's was a large cedar tree measuring 48 feet in circumference. When the bicycle became so very popular, a path was made that ran parallel to the road to ride on. The cyclists hired a logger, by the name of Milligan to cut an arch through the tree, for the sum of $15. The arch was 12 feet high and 5 feet wide.
1903 City Streets In 1903 Snohomish had many dirt streets, and if there was a sidewalk, it was a wooden sidewalk. There was a plank road on some of the downtown streets for a ways. The planks were about three inches wide running across the street. This is were you walked and if you stepped off the planks you stepped into water or mud. These planks were torn out and First Street was paved with brick. When the brick pavement was finished there was a three day celebration! Every Saturday they would wash First Street witha fire hose. It was kept cleaner than it is today.
1911 Disastrous Fire First Street between Avenues B and C, was destroyed when a small blaze in the Palace Cafe on the South side of the street got out of control on Memorial Day, 1911 at about four a.m.
Thirty-five business structures were put out of business, with $173,000 worth of goods destroyed.