Interurban trolley was the height of local rail travel

Wouldn’t it be great if you could hop on a quick, modern rail system and ride from Everett to Lynnwood and Seattle? Amazingly, people could do that a century ago, when the Interurban trolley carried passengers through growing communities in north King and south Snohomish counties.

The Interurban operated from 1910 to 1939, when highways and automobiles made it seem obsolete. The trolley cars were unceremoniously dumped, and the rails were mostly torn up.

Now you can travel the Interurban Trail by bicycle, and you can see a restored Interurban trolley car at Heritage Park in Alderwood Manor. But a convenient rail system from Everett to Seattle? That’s decades in the future — and decades in the past.

Read about the Interurban’s history in this 2010 Herald story about its 100th anniversary, and check out a gallery of Interurban photos here.

More in Local News

A customer walks away after buying a hot dog from a vendor on 33rd St and Smith Street near the Everett Station on Friday. The Everett Station District Alliance pictures the area east of Broadway and south of Hewitt Avenue as a future neighborhood and transit hub that could absorb expected population growth. (Andy Bronson / The Herald)
How can Everett Station become a vibrant part of city?

A neighborhood alliance focused on long-term revitalization will update the public Tuesday.

Man arrested after police find van full of drugs, cash and guns

An officer on patrol noticed a vehicle by itself in the middle of a WinCo parking lot at 2 a.m.

After work to address issues, Lynnwood gets clean audit

The city has benefited from increased revenues from sales tax.

Bolshevik replaces BS in Eyman’s voters pamphlet statement

The initiative promoter also lost a bid to include a hyperlink to online coverage of the battle.

Man with shotgun confronts man on toilet about missing phone

Police say the victim was doing his business when the suspect barged in and threatened him.

Detectives seek suspect in woman’s homicide

Alisha Michelle Canales-McGuire was shot to death Wednesday at a home south of Paine Field.

Car crashes near Everett after State Patrol pursuit

The driver and a second person in the car suffered injuries.

Smith Island habitat restoration cost to rise $1.2 million

The project is intended to increase survival rates for juvenile chinook salmon.

Jim Mathis, the Vietnam veteran whose Marysville garden was recently featured in The Herald, died Wednesday. Mathis, who suffered from PTSD and cancer, found solace in his beautiful garden. (Dan Bates / The Herald)
Vietnam veteran Jim Mathis found peace in his garden

The Marysville man who served two tours died Wednesday after suffering from cancer and PTSD.

Most Read