New mural on Bothell's Main Street brings city's history to life

The Logsdon Building in downtown Bothell receive a new look with a historical feel. - contributed photo/Linda Dorsey
The Logsdon Building in downtown Bothell receive a new look with a historical feel.
— image credit: contributed photo/Linda Dorsey

It is easy to forget about Bothell’s 104 year history with all the construction projects in the downtown core. At the heart of that history is Main Street and its many family-run shops and businesses.

A new mural on the facade of Bothell Main Street Antiques depicts the logging industry during the early days of the city. The mural aims to take customers back in time amidst the sounds of jackhammers and cranes just a few blocks away.

“Bothell has a strong and rich heritage,” said Linda Doresy, who owns the business with her husband Tom. "The city of Bothell is under new construction and it is important to remember and appreciate the historical downtown heart of Bothell, where it all began.”

Lynn Logsdon, who owns The Logsdon Building where the antique store is located, gave permission for the mural to be put up. She is also a long time Bothell resident.

“We talked with the building owner and she was very enthusiastic about it,” said Dorsey. “She thought it was a good idea for it to have to do with logging.”

The 30-foot mural was created by the Dorsey’s son Ryan, who also grew up in Bothell and graduated from Bothell High School.

“July through November it was spread out in our front yard,” said Linda Dorsey. “We have had an overwhelming response.”

Ryan Dorsey painted the mural by hand.

“The historical scene gives a vision of nearby hills depicting a good end to a hard days’ work,” Linda Dorsey wrote in an email to the Reporter. “Featured is a team of four horses and loggers that pulled a large wagon loaded with logs out of the woods to be left at the lumber mill. [It is] just another glimpse into our past, yet preserved on old Main Street, in the heart of downtown Bothell.”

The Logsdon Building has a long and rich history of its own.

Dexter's Cafe was the original business in the building from 1911-1918. Harry Given and Hugh Stevenson opened a meat market next and Given was the sole owner by 1922. Around 20-years later, Vern Keener expanded the original Dexter's Cafe building to open a meat market, deli, fruit and vegetable store.

In 1976, Max and Lynn Logsdon purchased the building and ran Logsdon Apparel and Hairstyling.

Bothell Main Street Antiques is located in The Logsdon Building at 10124 Main Street in downtown Bothell.


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