Living

Deming

Harrison Doig, left, Jack Doig, center, and Dean Winram, all of Vancouver, B.C., take a break in August at Xtreme Bean Express, 3706 Mount Baker Highway. The coffeehouse at Nugent's Corner is a regular stop for the friends, who were passing through on their way home from a three-day motorcycle trip in Washington.
Harrison Doig, left, Jack Doig, center, and Dean Winram, all of Vancouver, B.C., take a break in August at Xtreme Bean Express, 3706 Mount Baker Highway. The coffeehouse at Nugent's Corner is a regular stop for the friends, who were passing through on their way home from a three-day motorcycle trip in Washington. NIKI DESAUTELS THE BELLINGHAM HERALD

OVERVIEW

Nugent’s Corner sits where Mount Baker Highway meets the Nooksack River. There’s a small commercial cluster, including the last major grocery store on the way to Mount Baker.

A short distance up the road is Deming, home to the Nooksack Tribal Center and the tribe’s Nooksack River Casino, Deming Library, and Mount Baker junior and senior high schools.

With about 800 residents, it's a busy stretch buffered by forested hills and glimpses of mountains ahead. Attractions include fishing, canoeing, kayaking and rafting; Mount Baker Vineyards; Deming Homestead Eagle Park, a prime spot to watch eagles; and Deming Logging Show, home to a popular annual logging festival and other events.

HISTORY

Canoes guided and paddled by Nooksack Indians provided the only river transporation in the Deming area until the first steam ferry arrived about 1882. However, ferries ran only to Lynden. Beyond that, travelers had to walk or canoe upstream.

SCHOOLS

Harmony Elementary, Mount Baker Junior, Mount Baker High, Timber Ridge High.

District: Mount Baker School District, www.mtbaker.wednet.edu.

PARKS

Deming Homestead Eagle Park, Canyon Lake Creek Community Forest.

QUOTE

“Many of us, years ago, were born in the area and find it interesting to watch the townships as they grow. There’s just a good feeling. You feel comfortable and if you need help of some kind, people are ready to help you.”

Phyllis Dunn, area resident for 10 years

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