In May of 2007, over

5,000 people gathered

for a parade and outdoor

concert at Bothell Landing in honor of American Idol

contestant Blake Lewis,

who grew up in Bothell.

Residents say they'd never seen such a huge crowd in the city.

--

In December of 1962,

LIFE magazine honored

Bothell's 112-foot fir tree

at Main Street and

102nd Avenue as the

world's largest living

Christmas tree. It glowed

with lights strung by community groups

each holiday season

until it was struck with

disease in the late 1970s.

--

A portion of the first

brick road into Bothell,

which was completed in

1913, is still in use today

at the Wayne Curve, as one enters Bothell from

the west.

--

On Easter Sunday in

1911, Bothell's worst fire

destroyed all 11

buildings on Main Street.

--

The original Bothell

State Bank, now occupied

by Bothell Nutrition,

was the site of an

attempted bank robbery

by the River Rat Gang

from Everett in 1927.

Two of the would-be

robbers were killed by

one of the cashiers.

Though the bank was

impregnable for years,

it was successfully robbed

of $40,000 in 1945.

 
 
 

BuyBOTHELL: Downtown

     

With a perfect mix of urban amenities, quiet charm and natural wonder, Downtown Bothell is the hub of the city. From pedestrian-friendly shopping on Main Street,

to a friendly meal at one of the neighborhood cafés, to picnicking at Bothell Landing, residents enjoy all that Downtown Bothell has to offer.

A pleasant stroll down historic Main Street yields a host of charismatic stores and restaurants. Bordered by vibrant flowers and trees, Main Street is a popular

gathering spot for locals, a wonderful place for people to slow down and

connect with one another.

The shop owners are welcoming and enjoy building relationships with residents. Many of the downtown businesses - Shannon's Flowers & Gifts,Alexa's Café, Paul Richards Clothing, Frame Wright & Kaewyn Gallery and Seattle Home Appliance Bothell,to name a few - have been family owned and operated for years, keeping the tradition of strong community alive. And, depending on your preference of cuisine, Downtown Bothell offers everything from hip coffee shops to upscale dining. For your own culinary creations, visit the well-loved Yakima Fruit Market and pick up some fresh produce.

Main Street is a hop, skip and a jump away from some of Bothell's greatest natural beauty. Located on the shores of the Sammamish River, Bothell Landing sports a fun kids' play area and access to the Sammamish River Trail, one of King County's most popular regional trails.

With nearly 11 miles of paved path along the river, the trail begins in Bothell, travels through Woodinville wine country and ends up in Redmond. It also hooks up with Seattle's Burke-Gilman Trail.

Bothell is a community with heart. Downtown events such as wine and art walks, summer concerts and movies in the park, and holiday extravaganzas solidify the bond between residents and get people out to enjoy their city. To learn more about city events, visit the www.BothellChamber.com, www.CountryVillageBothell.com or www.exploreBothell.com.