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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.

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Anderson School

Built in 1931, this former junior high school facility is an intact example of a mixture of Beaux Arts and Art Deco styles with 1950s rear school additions, and a 1970s pool. All parts have been carefully converted to a hotel and brewpub operated by the McMenamins and highlighting the school’s history.

Bothell’s First Schoolhouse

David C. Bothell donated land on Main Street for a school which opened March 29, 1886. By 1890 the school building was too small and was sold when a larger school opened on upper First Avenue. The original building became a private residence and was extensively remodeled. The schoolhouse building was relocated from Main Street to the Park at Bothell Landing in 1989. All additions were removed and the original 20’ x 26’ room was renovated and reconstructed to reflect its original use.

Beckstrom Log Cabin

Built in 1885, the log cabin was the birthplace of the first white child born in Bothell, John Beckstrom. His parents homesteaded 160 acres north of Bothell, in May 1883, having come up the Sammamish River in a rowboat with their two small children. The cabin was moved from its original location off 100th Ave NE in 1969.