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By Philo Calhoun
For the Beacon 

The lost railroad tracks of an Edmonds park

Investigating Edmonds history with a metal detector during the COVID pandemic


Last updated 4/25/2021 at 9:44am

Illustration by Phil Calhoun

Phil Calhoun: "I mapped out the park to keep from getting lost and to help others interested in hiking the north side."

Feeling restricted by the pandemic, over the past year I have been hiking in Southwest County Park, one that sprawls over 117 forested acres of mostly old-growth woods and steep ravines down to Perrinville Creek.

Established in 1972 when the University of Washington sold it to Snohomish County, it is the largest park within Edmonds city limits. But the current map of the park on Snohomish County's website shows only the section south of Olympic View Drive and one trail adjacent to the road on the north side.

This lack of an updated map makes exploring it a bit of an adventure.

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Reader Comments(2)


Thank you for this wonderful story. I love reading about the history of our city; it's amazing that nature has covered it all up.

Tim Raetzloff writes:

Very cool research.


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