Saturday, February 28, 2009

Historic Murals: A Walk Along Bothell’s Past

Walk into the past in downtown Bothell. Just off Main Street, you can view a series of historic murals depicting Bothell’s early days. These large murals shows Bothell as a settlement in the late 1800s that was reached by river boats and horse-drawn wagons. In time, the railroad would connect Bothell with Seattle, and farming would begin to replace logging.

Bothell Mural: river boat (click for larger view)

The original Bothell historic murals were created in 1989 as part of the Washington Centennial project. The murals were painted on the side of a City building. However, after the building was destroyed, a group of artists banded together to re-create the murals. If you’re wondering why the murals lack a lot of color, it’s because the murals were painted in a sepia color scheme to match the old photographs that the murals were based on.

Bothell Mural: logging (click for larger view)

To View the Murals
You can view the murals at the 18100 block of 101st Ave NE in Bothell, WA. Click here to view the location using Google Street View. You can also view a slideshow of the murals on the Redmond Library's Photostream on flickr.

Redmond Library Board

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