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Lynnwood in Snohomish County, Washington — The American West (Northwest)
 

Interurban Trolley

 
 
Interurban Trolley Marker image. Click for full size.
circa February 24, 2012
1. Interurban Trolley Marker
Inscription.  Trolley Car 55 is a 1907 Interurban single-ended, wood framed electric rail car that was constructed by the Niles Carbody Works and delivered to the Seattle-Everett Traction Company in 1910. The Interurban Rail Line provided commuter service from the newly established community of Alderwood Manor (now Lynnwood) to Seattle and Everett. The Interurban was a key element used to encourage people in the cities to relocate to ranchettes in Alderwood Manor that were created by the subdivision of former timberlands.

In 1939, the Interurban Rail Line was dismantled and Car 55 was converted to a diner along Highway 99 in Everett, the Old '55' Cafe. In 1964, it was donated to the Northwest Railway Museum and served as a ticket office for Snoqualmie's historic railway for about ten years. The car was use for storage for several years and then left to deteriorate.

In 1993, the City of Lynnwood purchased "Old 55"
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and began restoration in 1996 with a Federal ISTEA grant, Washington State Heritage Capital Projects Fund grant and City funding.
 
Erected by City of Lynnwood.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Railroads & Streetcars. A significant historical year for this entry is 1907.
 
Location. 47° 49.043′ N, 122° 16.656′ W. Marker is in Lynnwood, Washington, in Snohomish County. Marker can be reached from Poplar Way, half a mile south of 196th Street SW, on the left when traveling south. The marker is located at Lynnwood Heritage Park. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 19921 Poplar Way, Lynnwood WA 98036, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 9 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Wickers Building (within shouting distance of this marker); Alderwood Manor Heritage Cottage (within shouting distance of this marker); Humble House (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Carnegie Library & Log Cabin (approx. 4.6 miles away); Carnegie Library Building (approx. 4.6 miles away); The Olympic Mountains
Interurban Trolley Car 55 image. Click for full size.
February 24, 2012
2. Interurban Trolley Car 55
(approx. 5˝ miles away); Emil Fredreksen Memorial (approx. 7.8 miles away); Carkeek Park (approx. 8˝ miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Lynnwood.
 
Regarding Interurban Trolley. The Interurban, which provided mass transportation almost 100 years ago, is especially significant today as we establish rapid transit transportation.

Car 55 has been renovated with original and fabricated historic parts and accessories.

• Don’t miss the pictorial story of Car 55’s renovation inside the trolley.
• And the history of the Interurban exhibit in the Wickers Building main gallery.

GUIDED TROLLEY TOURS
June-August: 2nd & 4th Wednesday & Saturday – 10 am – 2 pm.
September-May: By appointment – (425) 670-5502
 
Old "55" Diner, Everett, Circa 1950 image. Click for full size.
circa 1950
3. Old "55" Diner, Everett, Circa 1950
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on September 13, 2012, by Norm Kumma of Bothell, Washington. This page has been viewed 1,176 times since then and 9 times this year. Last updated on October 5, 2012, by Norm Kumma of Bothell, Washington. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on September 13, 2012, by Norm Kumma of Bothell, Washington.   3. submitted on October 5, 2012, by Norm Kumma of Bothell, Washington. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page.

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