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Blaine

Jim McDermott, left, and brother Bob McDermott, of Blaine, enjoy themselves at Seaside Bakery & Café, 477 Peace Portal Drive. Jim, who lives in Massachusetts, and his wife, Donna, visited Bob in August. Now in its third year, the Blaine café  serves breakfast and lunch to locals and travelers alike.
Jim McDermott, left, and brother Bob McDermott, of Blaine, enjoy themselves at Seaside Bakery & Café, 477 Peace Portal Drive. Jim, who lives in Massachusetts, and his wife, Donna, visited Bob in August. Now in its third year, the Blaine café serves breakfast and lunch to locals and travelers alike. LUKE HARRIS THE BELLINGHAM HERALD

OVERVIEW

Tucked into the northwest corner of Washington at the U.S.-Canada border, Blaine straddles Drayton Harbor.

In the past, the waterfront setting was crucial to loggers and fishers. Today, the harbor is home to two marinas, the city’s Marine Park, and stupendous birdwatching.

Houses range from modest residences to 19th century beauties to luxury homes at Semiahmoo. East Blaine is characterized by a rural feel, but growth could change that in the years ahead.

With more than 4,000 residents, Blaine is best known for the cross-border Peace Arch Park, and the arch itself, dedicated in 1921 to honor peaceful relations between the United States and Canada.

HISTORY

James Cain platted the town in 1884 and discussion soon began about what to name the place. Concord, Plymouth and Boblett Town were considered, but local voters, heavily Republican, settled on “Blaine” to honor James G. Blaine, then the GOP candidate for president. Blaine lost to Democrat Grover Cleveland in a close race.

SCHOOLS

Blaine Primary, Blaine Elementary, Blaine Middle, Blaine High, Timber Ridge High.

District: Blaine School District, www.blaine.wednet.edu.

PARKS

Peace Arch, Marine, Lincoln, Semiahmoo.

QUOTE

“I like the small-town feel of Blaine. When we have wine tasting, that’s a fun social event because they can come there and always see someone they know.”

Christy Lonquist, Blaine resident and owner of Northern Meadows

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