Riverside street quiz

Everett’s Riverside neighborhood has an interesting set of street name histories. Take our quiz, and see how well you’ve studied the Riverside self-guided walking tour, which answers many of the questions.

Note: some of the fill-in questions don’t work correctly, but we ain’t taking score anyway! Blame it on the quiz tool we selected.

Riverside, 1893, from the Birds Eye view of the Brown and Brown map
Riverside, 1893, from the Birds Eye view of the Brown and Brown map
  1. What neighborhood lies at the intersection of the lowest numbered US highway going east/west, and the lowest numbered interstate freeway going north/south?

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    Riverside 'tis! Where US 2 meets Interstate 5.

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    You know it has to be Riverside. US 2 and I-5?

  2. Which of these streets in Riverside are named for trees?

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    You know Riverside like the back of your hand!

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    From east to west:

    • Chestnut St
    • Walnut St
    • Maple St
    • Pine St
    • Cedar St
  3. Why do you think the distance between Fulton and Baker Avenues is half as much as any other street in Riverside?

    We don't know exactly. Perhaps the platters of Riverside and the platters of Bayside did not coordinate with each other. Riverside was platted first, but soon followed by Bayside. The result may be the half-sized block.

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  4. Two streets in Riverside, and , are named for candidates for president of the United States.

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    Cleveland and Harrison. Grover Cleveland had been president from 1885-1889. Benjamin Harrison followed him from 1889-1893. Cleveland ran against Harrison in the 1892 elections when Riverside was platted, and Everett citizens were hoping they would visit during their campaign. Cleveland won both the electoral and popular vote in 1892, becoming the first president to return to office after an absence.  (Harrison defeated Cleveland in the 1888 election by electoral college, but not the popular vote.)

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    Nope! Grover Cleveland had been president from 1885-1889. Benjamin Harrison followed him from 1889-1893. Cleveland ran against Harrison in the 1892 elections when Riverside was platted, and Everett citizens were hoping they would visit during their campaign. Cleveland won both the electoral and popular vote in 1892, becoming the first president to return to office after an absence.  (Harrison defeated Cleveland in the 1888 election by electoral college, but not the popular vote.)

  5. What is the origin of the names of Everett Avenue, Leonard Drive, and Victor Place?

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    Everett Avenue, named for the city of Everett, was named for the 15 year old son of Charles Colby.

    Leonard Drive was named for Leonard Anguish, 6 year old son of Charles Anguish.

    Victor Place was named for Victor Anguish, 4 year old son of Charles Anguish.

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    Everett Avenue, named for the city of Everett, was named for the 15 year old son of Charles Colby.

    Leonard Drive was named for Leonard Anguish, 6 year old son of Charles Anguish.

    Victor Place was named for Victor Anguish, 4 year old son of Charles Anguish.

  6. What state names are represented on Riverside street names?

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    And don't forget State Street!

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    California St and Virginia Ave... and State St!

  7. Two streets may have been named for volcanos that you can see from Everett. They are and .

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    Partial credit for Summit Ave, and possibly Highland Ave.

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    Rainier and Baker Aves. Partial credit for Summit Ave, and possibly Highland Ave.

  8. Before the freeway came in during the mid 1960s, Riverside was mostly laid out on a rectangular grid of streets. The grid is north-south and east-west.

    But two streets do not follow this pattern. Which streets are those?

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    Yes, East Grand and Cleveland are parallel to a bluff. But from Harrison westward, the streets follow the grid pattern.

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    East Grand and Cleveland are parallel to a bluff. But from Harrison westward, the streets follow the grid pattern.

  9. These two streets had different names when Everett started.

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    Well... you could also include the 2400 block of the alley between Cleveland and Harrison. It was called Parkhurst until about 1901. One house, 2411 Harrison, still faces the alley if you can recognize the "front" and "back" of the house.

    And Cleveland was platted as "St Nicholas", but never named that officially.

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