Daylighting Padden Creek
In the early 1890s, a portion of Padden Creek was diverted underground into a brick tunnel almost a half mile long. The tunnel was meant to drain wetlands and divert surface water, including Padden Creek, from the surrounding land in preparation for the Great Northern Railroad in Fairhaven. However, the railroad was never constructed.
Unfortunately, the undersized tunnel caused periodic flooding, created a barrier to migrating fish, and degraded water quality and habitat.
In 2015, the City of Bellingham daylighted a section of Padden Creek by re-routing the creek out of an underground tunnel and into an open stream channel. The wider, more natural channel approximates the creek's historical location and provides fish access to over a mile of previously inaccessible habitat. The project also reduces the risk of flooding for over 150 nearby residences.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Environment. A significant historical year for this entry is 2015.
Location. 48° 42.923′ N, 122° 29.606′ W. Marker is in Bellingham, Washington, in Whatcom County. Marker can be reached from Old Fairhaven Parkway west of 20th Street. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Bellingham WA 98225, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Charles X. Larrabee (approx. half a mile away); Fairhaven Library (approx. 0.6 miles away); Counterfeiters' Hide Out (approx. 0.6 miles away); Phoebe Goodell Judson (approx. 0.6 miles away); Town Pillory (approx. 0.6 miles away); Samuel Longhorne Clemens (Mark Twain) (approx. 0.6 miles away); Site of Puget Sound Sawmills and Shingle Company (approx. 0.7 miles away); The 1909 Fairhaven Empress Tree (approx. 0.9 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Bellingham.
More about this marker. The marker is located at the Interurban Trail Rotary Trailhead on the south side of Old Fairhaven Parkway.
Credits. This page was last revised on July 23, 2021. It was originally submitted on July 23, 2021, by Andrew Ruppenstein of Sacramento, California. This page has been viewed 94 times since then and 57 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on July 23, 2021, by Andrew Ruppenstein of Sacramento, California.