My American Landscape XVII

Whatcom Falls, Bellingham, WA

Hour after hour can be spent in this park. A creek that wanders from Lake Whatcom to Bellingham Bay. With the exception of a dam. All kinds of ocean bound fingerlings are able to make their way to and from the ocean.

This excerpt is from the Bellingham Parks Department’s brochure on the origins of the park. ‘In 1908 the Young Men’s Commercial Club raised funds to purchase the original forty acres for $12,000, about half the value of the land. The city later reimbursed the club.
During the 1920’s, organizations like Whatcom Falls Park Club, Ladies Cooperative Society of Elizabeth Park, Y.M.C.C. and private individuals donated trails, plantings, play equipment, picnic shelters and wooden bridges across the creek.”

It is arguably the city’s second most popular park. Second only to Boulevard Park.

The falls are pretty to observe in person. It’s the age of the gorge and trees that inspire this post.


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