In 1885 Seattle entrepreneurs Daniel Hunt Gilman and Thomas Burke incorporated the Seattle, Lake Shore & Eastern Railroad completing tracks from Seattle all the way to Canada.

The rails were later purchased by the NPRR.
In 1888, a section of the SLS&ER was added, where a "Y" was built
in Woodenville and the tracks extended to the coal mines in Issaquah.

The first railroad depot was created with a boxcar
located a little down the river at Wayne.
In 1890, the boxcar shell was loaded onto a flatcar and deposited on the south bank of the river at Bothell.

In August of 1895 a passenger on a train was bound for
Whatcom (now Bellingham), way north near Canada.

His name was MARK TWAIN.
It was night time when passing through Bothell.
Wouldn't it have been nice if he could
has witnessed how a small  town was
being in created with the logging crews.
As everywhere else, the railroad was a boon to the
growth of Bothell and the town grew.

When Mr. TWAIN traveled through Bothell
it was late in the evening, going North, on August 13, 1895.

On August 13, 1895, Mark Twain (1835-1910) gave a 90-minute solo performance
to an audience of 1,200 at the Seattle Theater, located in downtown Seattle
at the corner of 3rd Avenue and Cherry Street.
The lecture is part of a 12 month worldwide speaking tour that Twain began that July.