Wandering and listening to former employees left me haunted, haunted because the closing of the hospital created so much hardship for many families in Sedro-Woolley. There were not enough beds for all of the patients in other state institutions. Thus began the ‘local mental health beds’, attempt to transitional to local ‘mental health care’.
In spite of the mill era’s end. Perhaps because of the end. The change from a resource based economy, to a diverse, service and innovation economy, Bellingham thrives. It thrives because of it’s economic engines. And it’s locale. People simply want to be near the water.