Stanwood Lions raise big 12 on smokestack to honor Seahawks

STANWOOD — How many places can the 12th Man represent?

Count Stanwood among the faithful. The Stanwood Lions Club has raised the “12” 150 feet up the Hamilton Lumber smokestack just off 268th St. NW.

Made of welded rebar and strung with four 12-foot strands of rope lights, the 12th Man now occupies a spot normally reserved for pumpkins at Halloween, turkeys at Thanksgiving and what might be the state’s tallest Christmas tree ­— if “tree” is the right word for a brick smokestack strung with lights.

For 15 years, the Stanwood Lions have been putting decorations on the smokestack, which rises above Irvine Slough near downtown and across the street from the main J.E. Hamilton &Sons store.

With the prospect of a first-ever Seahawks Super Bowl victory, it seemed an appropriate way to show support.

“This is our way of giving back to the community,” said Candie Tallquist, president of the Stanwood Lions.

The “12” is 16 feet tall and 25 feet wide and was assembled by Tom and Will Webb. It took a crew of 12 to hoist it into place Tuesday.

After the Super Bowl, the “12” will join the turkey, tree, pumpkin and other decorations in storage, until Seahawks season starts again in the fall.

“We’ll always be the 12th Man, right?” Tallquist said.

Chris Winters: 425-374-4165 or cwinters@herald.net.

More in Local News

Video shows man suspected of attacking a woman in Edmonds

The man allegedly threw her on the ground, then ran away after the she began kicking and screaming.

Roommate suspected in Edmonds killing found hiding in closet

Police had been searching for him for 10 days before locating him at a house in Everett.

Former Monroe cop loses appeal on sex crimes conviction

Once a highly respected officer, he was found guilty of secretly videotaping his kids’ babysitter.

Officials to test sanity of suspect in Everett crime spree

He allegedly tried to rob and clobber a transit worker, then fled and struggled with police.

Suspect sought in two Everett bank robberies

He’s described as 5-foot-10 to 6-foot-1, with dark hair and a goatee, and may have a neck tattoo.

Navy to put filter in Coupeville’s contaminated water system

Chemicals from firefighting foam was found in the town’s drinking water.

Two missing men found, one alive and one dead

The man found alive was found in an apartment across the hallway and taken to a hospital.

Darrington School Board dealing with upheavals

The crux of the controversy seems to be the superintendent’s job.

Alaska Airlines has selected destinations for new service from Paine Field. (Alaska Airlines)
Alaska Airlines will fly from Everett to 8 West Coast cities

Two destinations that didn’t make the list were Spokane and Hawaii.

Most Read