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The Churches of Snohomish



Walking around the area just north of Snohomish’s main street that runs along the river, I’m struck by how religious of a town Snohomish must have been in its early days. There are at least five old churches within just a few blocks. Several of them, like the one above, are really big too. Surely most of the population would have had to attend church to fill up these buildings.

This church, named in honor of St. Michael, has now become a private residence.


We think of this church as “the church with the pigeons” because there are always pigeons hanging around it.
This church is now known as Belle Chapel -The Shohomish Wedding Chapel. I’m beginning to think of it as “Lens Flare Chapel.” It is very hard to photograph!


I captured this one with an HDR app on my iPhone, which is why it looks a bit odd

While I was intrigued by all the churches, it was the chapel out on Swan’s Tail Road (below) that captivated me the most. Something about it felt so familiar to me and I just wanted to linger near it.  Maybe it’s because it reminds me of Wildwood Chapel, the small church that sat in ruins on the edge of my grandma’s property in Birdsview. I spent a lot of time in that church, trying to imagine what it must have been like when it was full of pews and people instead of hay.


I’m sure I’ll visit these churches with my camera again and again, trying to capture them from the best angle and in the best light. I’d like to learn more about their history too. Old churches, even more so than other old buildings, intrigue me.

Linking to Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge – Churches or Any Religious Building

Cee's Fun Foto Challenge


14 thoughts on “The Churches of Snohomish

  1. 1st Church of the Blessed Pigeon 🙂

    How cool would it be to live in a former church? Maybe not so much depending on how you feel about ghosts, but the unique architecture, even in a smaller church, would be pretty nice.

    1. 1st Church of the Blessed Pigeon – I like that! Much better than Evangelical Free. It always makes me wonder what they mean – free of evangelicals? 🙂 I wanted to get inside the church that had been converted to a private residence so badly to see what they’ve done with it. It looked like a great place to live.

  2. These are all lovely churches. Small communities often do seem to have a lot of churches, one for every faith I suppose. I guess they were also the places that townspeople socialised in days before phones and the internet made it so easy to communicate.

    1. I’m sure you’re right about the churches being the place the townspeople socialized. Church events were certainly the highlight of my life as a kid. It was the only place in my community where anything happened!

    1. I love the steeple on that church. So far, I haven’t been able to capture that chapel well enough to do it any justice. I’ll be back there though!

  3. Strangely, they seem to have the same style for the whole town. Snohomish must be a new town? Is your town in Washington State because I think I’ve been there not particularly any of the churches.

    1. Yes, Snohomish is in Washington about 35 miles away from Seattle. Much of it was built in the late 1800’s and early 1900’s, which is really old for here!

  4. I enjoyed your photos! I lived in Snohomish in grade school and my dad was the pastor of the First Presbyterian Church there. (Late 60s to early 70s.) It’s out by Blackman Lake and was a very mod design at the time it was built, so quite a contrast to these lovely, stately old buildings.

    1. Is that the church with the roof that comes down really low with the big support beams going all the way to the ground? If so, I took a picture of it, but from far away because I wanted to get the flowering trees in the shot. Then it didn’t really fit with my other photos so I decided to save it for the next challenge involving churches. It’s a beautiful church and I really wanted to peek inside! 🙂

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