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The Original 1915 Route

Leaving Bellingham the route went North on Prospect St. and crossed the Pickett Bridge and continued North on DuPont St. to Elm St. Then the road veered to the right onto Elm St. and went North to Northwest Ave.

The road continued NW on Northwest Ave. as it crossed the freeway and turns into Northwest Dr. (This part has been severed due to the interstate.) 

The road continued North to W. Axton Rd. then turned left and continued East on W. Axton Rd. toward Ferndale. In 1884, the Northwest Diagonal Road (Now called Northwest Ave) was opened up to Ferndale.

The original alignment turned left onto Barrett Rd. and went South to La Bounty Dr. (This part of the road is abandoned as Barrett Rd has been realigned because of I-5) 

The road then turned right onto La Bounty Dr. (This turn would be in the middle of the freeway.) Check the Barrett Rd. link to the right to see how the original alignment was back then.

The Hwy continued West on Labounty Dr. and went straight as it turned into Main St. The old Hwy continued West on Main St. and across the river on the old bridge that connected to Alder St. After the Hwy crossed the river it turned right on 2nd St. then left on Vista Dr.

The old hwy continued North on Vista Dr. as it turns into Bay Rd. Then the hwy continued East on Bay Rd. to Blaine Rd. / Hwy 548. The Hwy turned right onto Blaine Rd. / Hwy 548 and went North to Dakota Creek just before Blaine. After crossing Dakota Creek the road continued North on bell Rd. to Hughes Ave.

The Hwy turned left onto Hughes Ave. and continued West on Hughes Ave. to Bayview Ave. and turned right and went North on Bayview Ave. to Adelia St. and turned left. 

Then continued West on Adelia St. to Mitchell Ave. turned right and went North to D St. The road then continued East on D St. to 12th St. and turned left and went North on 12th St. to the Border. (12th St. has been severed due to the new Hwy).

Alignments and Alternates to the Route

In 1925 at Bellingham the hwy turned left onto W. Maplewood Ave from Northwest Ave. The road continued North on Maplewood to Pacific Hwy. (This connection has been severed due to the freeway) 

Then the Road continued Northwest on Pacific Hwy as it turns into Barrett Ave. It then follows the current path of the interstate as it crosses the river. It then connected to Portal Way and then turned North on Portal Way.

The 1925 Hwy North of Ferndale continues on Portal Way through Custer till it meets Hall Rd. and W Rd. just before Dakota Creek. (Hall Rd. and W rd. do not connect to Portal Way) the road then veered to the right and went North to Odell Rd. (This section is gone due to the freeway) 

The road then went North on Odell Rd. to Hughes Ave. and then went West on Hughes Ave. to just after Bell Rd. where it veered to the right and curved Northwest to connect up with hwy 548. (I believe this was on the old railroad grade. This part of the road is now gone)

The 1925 Hwy continued on Hwy 548 to 4th St. and turned right on 4th St. and went North and turned right on H St. The Hwy then went East on H St. to Mitchell Ave. turned left and went North to D St. 

Then the road continued East on D St. to 12th St. and turned left and went North on 12th St. to the Border. (12th St. has been severed due to the new Hwy)

In the 1940s the border crossing at the Peace Arch was opened when the King George Hwy, BC 99 was built south from the Fraser River Hwy, renumbered as BC 1 around 1940 and now BC 1A. 

The Hwy stayed on the current alignment of Hwy 548 and continued North on Hwy 548 to the freeway where it went onto the I-5 roadbed Northbound lanes and continued to the Peace Arch.

 


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