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East Stanwood

In 1890 the Great Northern Railway came to town, though not through Stanwood, but a mile east, hugging the base of the hill.  A separate town, East Stanwood, sprang up to meet the needs of shipping goods by rail. Steamboat traffic began to dwindle over the years as a result.

East Stanwood, incorporated in 1914, along with Stanwood was the hub for all of the small towns surrounding them; Warm Beach, Florence, Woodland, Victoria, Freeborn, Cedarhome, and Camano Island.

Each had their own grade schools, but students would come to East Stanwood or Stanwood for high school. In 1944 East Stanwood and Stanwood school districts consolidated, becoming Twin City High School.

2011 map

1911 map

1927 map

E. Stanwood looking west.


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