West Maplewood

(Average Daily Trips in 1997: 4,000)

The last chance to stop and get gas in Bellingham along Highway 99, before heading up to Canada, was West Maplewood. West Maplewood was primarily a residential neighborhood in 1935 but within three blocks were four gas and service stations to catch those drivers heading out of town. 2858 W. Maplewood, The Garden Court Tourist Camp opening in the 1940’s, shown as Diggs Motel in the archived photo has been converted into unusually designed apartments. In the 1950's The 99 Trading Post opened up next to the Garden Court Motel. The Jewel Motel and the Shamrock Motel joined the Garden Court Motel in the 1960’s, toward the end of Highway 99’s role as the main through street. The Shamrock Motel has survived the past 30 years because it is located off of I-5's West Maplewood exit. Currently, construction of a new hotel that dwarfs the Shamrock Motel is under way to serve I-5 traffic.

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

TO MAP OF HIGHWAY 99

TO MAIN TEXT

TO PHOTO OF HIGHWAY 99

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