Curious to learn more about the early days of Bellingham and how downtown came to look the way it does today? Find out by taking one of the free Holly Street History Tours offered Saturday afternoons at 1 p.m. this summer beginning July 9 through September 24.
Tours are led by the fun-loving Good Time Girls, who use Holly Street as a backdrop to tell the story of downtown’s eclectic past. They cover topics of growth, social reform, the arts, women’s history, racial tensions, cooperation and environmental recovery, all delivered with a sense of wonder and humor.
“It’s history, it’s information, it’s education,” said Sara Holodnick, one of the founders of the Good Time Girls. “But it’s also entertainment and comedy and a little bit of performance.”
Suitable for all ages, the tours meet at 311 E. Holly Street, on the sidewalk in front of the massive Chuckanut sandstone building (northwest corner of N. State and E. Holly streets). Tours cover about a half mile and last about an hour, ending down by Whatcom Creek.
Tours are sponsored this year by the City’s Tourism Promotion Fund. For more information and to reserve your place contact the Good Time Girls at (360) 305-3172, or visit them at their shop, the Bureau of Historical Investigation at 217 W Holly Street.