Bothell residents cherish their city's history and culture. The community has grown to a full-service city with much to offer new residents. Once inhabited by the Simump Tribe, Bothell was formerly made up of woods. Settlers arrived in the 1870s, and a man named David Bothell filed his homestead in the late 1880s. Two decades later, the city was incorporated as Bothell. From that point, the community's history includes several roles: logging town, agricultural services center, quiet suburb and, now, growing city with an established business community. City officials continue to foster local business activity and Bothell's future looks promising.
The Bothell Historical Museum, one of the more popular regional attractions, provides a more in-depth look at the city's history. Residents and visitors can also enjoy the Bothell-Town-Gown Loop, a walking tour that describes some of the historic or otherwise significant sites in town and the beautiful Burke Gilman Trail.
Community events are held year-round, fostering the family-friendly culture of the city. Families enjoy celebrations for Arbor Day, Fourth of July, Halloween and other events. Summertime brings the Music in the Park concert series at the Park at Bothell Landing.
Recreational fun can be found at one of over 20 city parks. The activities available include picnicking, walking, jogging, bicycling, swimming and team sports. More expansive facilities are located just outside of Bothell, including the Bridle Trails State Park and Saint Edward State Park. Bridle Trails maintains extensive horse trails and holds equestrian events on the weekends. The facility is located on the northeast side of Seattle and is sometimes referred to as “the wilderness in the city.” Saint Edward State Park borders the shoreline of Lake Washington; visitors may use the site for exploring as well as boating, fishing, swimming and water skiing.
The climate of Bothell is generally mild and cool. Temperatures range from summer highs in the high-70s to winter lows in the low-30s. Average annual precipitation is about 39 inches, with the rainiest months being November, December and January.
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