(Average Daily Trips in 1997: 14,500)
Before Highway 99 was ever conceived, Bellingham's Central Business District was already established and growing around the location of Holly Street. This was the connection to the "principal trade area" J.J. Donovan and the Good Roads Association wanted. By 1935 numerous offices for lawyers and dentists and stores lined the route, as did Bellingham National Bank, Gus & Nap’s Beer Parlor (now located along Railroad Ave.) and Woolworth’s 5 & 10. While various businesses have changed over the years the level of economic activity along Holly Street has remained relatively constant.
Two motels built in the 1960’s that are still in operation are the Shangri-La Motel and the Bellingham Travelodge. The Royal Cafe', next to the Bellingham Travelodge, has been on Holly Street since the 1940's.
Building a Military Road| The Start of The Good Roads Association | Highway 99
The Route of Highway 99 Through Bellingham | Samish Way | East Maple and Ellis Street
Holly Street | Prospect and Dupont | Elm Street and Northwest Avenue
West Maplewood | References and Attribution
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