Downtown Edmonds proved to be a great place to wander around. Having enjoyed the waterfront, we walked into the town itself to check out the shops and with a lunch place in mind. There is an interchange with a roundabout in it that has interesting streets heading off in each direction. One of them takes you to the Edmonds Historical Museum. As we walked up to it, it seemed like a pretty familiar structure and there was a good reason.
The building dates back to 1910 and it is a Carnegie Library. We have come across a few of these over the years. While the needs of libraries have outgrown the buildings, they have often found new uses and museums are a popular second life. We didn’t go inside on this occasion. We thought it might be worth a visit another time and we have a visitor coming for whom something like this might be right up their alley.
We took a short trip to San Luis Obispo while staying in Paso Robles. I didn’t know what to expect of the town other than that it is rated the happiest town in America (or some similar “statistic”). We got a map of the town from the visitor center and the first stop off was the mission. California is not short of mission buildings and I was expecting something similar to most. I was pretty surprised to discover that it was a pretty large area. The grounds were nicely landscaped and the buildings were extensive. It was far bigger than I had expected. I guess this was an important mission in its day.
A short distance away was the town museum. Originally a library funded under the program Andrew Carnegie created for providing libraries across the country, the library moved many years ago to a larger facility. After some debate, the building was re-purposed as a museum. It was a pretty interesting little place. My mum works with a local heritage organization in her town and I couldn’t help but imagine this place experiencing the same things she goes through on a regular basis. We took a look around, made our donation and headed out.
The town center itself is pretty vibrant. We started out in an area that was mainly populated by individual businesses. The whole thing felt very interesting and different. I was impressed. As we walked on, we came to the area that had all of the familiar chains. You knew that they couldn’t be far away. It did seem that the town had managed to avoid the homogeneity of many other towns though. It also had a river running through the heart of the area. Much effort had gone into designing nice pathways along the river and encouraging people to use it. This is a big improvement on so many small rivers in towns which seem like glorified drainage ditches.
It seems like a nice place to visit and something that would have enough to encourage me to return.
Just across from the McHenry House is Modesto’s public library. It is an impressive building and of a style from a given time. While the scale and location might be different, it did remind me of the Lincoln Center in Washington DC? I decided to get a quick pano of it before heading on.