A brief history of Highway 99 | Letter

Jun 19, 2014

In answer to Nancy Dybing [“Location, Location, Location,” The Beacon, Letters to the Editor, page 4, June 12], 212th St. S.W. is a comparatively newer street designation.

For a short time they used a different numbering system, and I don’t remember what that number was.

Mostly the local people in early days just called the road the Edmonds Road, or the Hall’s Lake/Edmonds Road.

The 1940 census listed it as Holmes Road, because the Holmes family once owned property at Holmes Corner where the Edmonds-Woodway High School is now—1/2 mile to the west of Highway 99.

Earlier, it was called Hoyt Road, because Fred and Lizzie Hoyt owned most of the property at that location.

The community was Seattle Heights, and the crossroad area was called Eisen’s Corner.

Seattle Heights had the first post office to the east of Edmonds in 1910 at Middleton’s Store when it was east of where the highway is today; at the Interurban Station.

When Hwy. 99 opened in 1927, Adrian Middleton moved his store and the post office for the third time to the northwest corner of Hwy. 99 and today’s 212th St. S.W., right where Jack-in-the-Box is located today.

The north end of Magic Toyota’s car lot is where our house stood. At the corner of our property, Scotch Broom bushes and trees blocked our house from the highway.

To the south, The Ranch was actually considered part of the community of Esperance.

Both Esperance and a small portion of Seattle Heights on the west side of the highway were annexed to Edmonds.

Betty Lou Gaeng


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