Friday, February 28, 2014

Fourth of July 1905 - Sumas, WA

Photograph credited to the Whatcom Museum Photo Archives. Bellingham, WA
Today I had the wonderful opportunity to visit the Whatcom Museum in Bellingham, WA.  We found that the museum has a photo archives which is available for research.  If anyone wishes to obtain copies of the pictures they can stop by and for a moderate fee get superb service. 
This photograph is a fascinating view of Sumas which shows Cherry Street during the fourth of July Celebration in 1905.  The description from the museum describes the photograph as followed:
"Street scene in Sumas, Washington, Cherry Street, showing bandstand.  To the left of the bandstand was the circus ground.  "
Now upon examining the photograph it is fascinating to see that behind the bandstand is the back of the Methodist Church on 2nd Street.  The building on the right in the foreground is the Mt. Baker Hotel.  The hotel was located on the south west corner of Cherry and Garfield Street.    In the background there is a house on the far left that is still standing today (Feb. 28, 2014) on 2nd Street.   See photo below of the house shown in the above photo.
Photograph taken by Deborah Morgan, Feb. 28, 2014.

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