Part 1; the history of the Big Cedar Stump and US Route 99 in Smokey Point
The area now known as Smokey Point was first settled during the early 20th century north of Marysville as Rex's Corner. Rex's Corner was located on the main north/south highway through Snohomish County. During the 1913 the Pacific Highway was established as an organized Auto Trail Association borne out of the Good Roads movement. The Pacific Highway was applied over the through highway at Rex's Corner. The Pacific Highway through what was Rex's Corner follows modern day Smokey Point Boulevard and Pioneer Highway towards Silvana.
What was to become the Big Cedar Stump burned during 1896 at what became the northeast corner of Smokey Point Boulevard and Pioneer Highway. The Big Cedar Stump was one of the once numerous Western Redcedar which populated northern Snohomish County. During 1916 the top of the Big Cedar Stump was cut, and a drive through tunnel was bored. The Big Cedar Stump can be seen along the Pacific Highway in a 1920 photo by Darius Kinsey of Seattle. The Big Cedar Stump would be moved to the northwest corner of Pioneer Highway and Smokey Point Boulevard during 1922.
The Pacific Highway (4) and Evergreen National Highway (20) can be seen passing through Rex's Corner on the 1924 Rand McNally Map of Washington.
US Route 99 can be seen passing through Rex's Corner via Smokey Point Boulevard and Pioneer Highway towards Silvana on the 1931 Clason's Map of Washington.