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Nooksack

Waitress Connie Weeda jokes with Shannon Edwards, 18, Karly Iverson, 16, and Hannah Bauthues, 18, as she takes their lunch order at Dunny’s Drive In, 111 Nooksack Ave. “This is usually the place people come to,” Bauthues said. “We had our senior skip breakfast here.” Farmers, students and retirees are among the eatery's regulars.
Waitress Connie Weeda jokes with Shannon Edwards, 18, Karly Iverson, 16, and Hannah Bauthues, 18, as she takes their lunch order at Dunny’s Drive In, 111 Nooksack Ave. “This is usually the place people come to,” Bauthues said. “We had our senior skip breakfast here.” Farmers, students and retirees are among the eatery's regulars. NIKI DESAUTELS THE BELLINGHAM HERALD

OVERVIEW

Nooksack is a quiet community of just over 1,000 people situated next to Everson. The towns are so close that they put on a joint summer festival every July.

Nooksack is close to the Canadian border and close to outdoor attractions, including Silver Lake Park, with its fishing, camping and canoeing just 20 minutes to the east.

Nooksack prospered early when families settled for logging and mining jobs. Today, Nooksack remains a family-oriented bedroom community with its small-town atmosphere and its elementary and middle school.

HISTORY

Platted in 1885, Nooksack grew to 415 people within five years, but a major fire in 1906, several later fires, and a decline in area slowed future growth.

SCHOOLS

Nooksack Elementary, Nooksack Valley Middle, Nooksack Valley High, Timber Ridge High.

District: Nooksack Valley School District, www.nooksackschools.org.

PARKS

City Park, Riverside Park, Silver Lake.

QUOTE

“People driving through on Highway 9 might think it’s just a wide spot in the road, but if you actually stopped here you’d find out we’re a very friendly community. People are always kind and courteous giving directions at the major intersections.”

Tom Jones, Nooksack resident for more than 50 years

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