Back in the 1950’s, Eric and Pearl Shurstad operated a BBQ restaurant at the corner of 172nd Street and Lakewood Road north of Marysville, WA. Two large chimneys generated huge plumes of smoke – and the area was always known to be smoky. Of course, now you know that area as Smokey Point, but now you know how that place got its name.
All of Snohomish County’s corners have a story. Some are named for the pioneer families that first homesteaded there, many are named for the businesses that became landmarks that defined streets and towns. From neighborhood grocers to automobile service stations, these corners often acted as gateways or gathering places that defined local communities.