looking N on Cherry Street towards the Canadian border. The flagpole is mounted at the intersection of Cherry Street and Garfield Avenue.
posted with permission from the Bob Bromley collection
We have all heard many opinions, pro and con, regarding the use of Traffic Circles that are now coming into use around the county in the last few of years to ease traffic flow and reduce violent accidents at intersections. However, one of the first uses of the Circle in the county was here in Sumas and was installed just 3 blocks S of the International Boundary on our main thoroughfare of Cherry Street early in the 20th century.
From stories I heard from interviews with the late Al Baker, an early Sumas resident, our Traffic Circle existed for only a few years and was removed after too many drunk drivers ran into it. The dating is not certain, however it was not in place for very long. The circle was not shown on the historic Sandborn Fire Insurance map of 1914 in my collection.
The hardware store on the left of picture 1, with the horse and wagon tethered in front, was built in 1907. In later years, the building became known as West's Groceries. To the right on the S side of the intersection we can see the Grand Hotel. The roads ware still unpaved with boardwalks in front of the buildings. By looking at the automobile parked on the right side of the road it looks as if the picture was taken in the teens.
The Circle was an interesting feature of our community while it lasted. See you next posting. Thanks for visiting Nooksack Valley Nostalgia!