On the Sammamish River near the northern end of Lake Washington, was named for the Bothell family, which started a logging camp and shingle mill here in 1886 and platted the town two years later. Early-day transportation was by steamer down the narrow stream and across the lake to Seattle. By the 1940s the town drew its income largely from dairying and farming.
An earlier name was Brackett’s Landing.
Today Bothell is a satellite community to bigger cities like Seattle and is close to the wineries of Woodinville.