Herman Anderson, proprietor of the Golden Arrow Dairy, purchased the first insulated dairy delivery truck in the area as well as the first electric pasteurizer. This business was a prominent icon in Tukwila until the coming of the Interstate freeways in the mid 1960s. Photo (circa 1940s) credit to Wynn (son of Herman) and Maxine Anderson. Submitted photo

Herman Anderson, proprietor of the Golden Arrow Dairy, purchased the first insulated dairy delivery truck in the area as well as the first electric pasteurizer. This business was a prominent icon in Tukwila until the coming of the Interstate freeways in the mid 1960s. Photo (circa 1940s) credit to Wynn (son of Herman) and Maxine Anderson. Submitted photo

City began annexation era in 1948 with Golden Arrow Dairy

  • Thursday, May 17, 2018 12:40pm
  • Opinion

Mayor Charles Baker and future mayor, John Strander, as chairman of the Tukwila Planning Commission, were leading an accelerated pace toward annexation. The local property owners realized that with annexation there would be a stronger position to oppose the Port of Seattle’s development plans. In the summer of 1948, Tukwila annexed the first new area with Herman C. Anderson’s Golden Arrow Dairy.

The original Hermway Dairy was started in 1922 with 11 cows and by 1929 there was a herd of 150 cows on only 180 acres. Herman Anderson decided to purchase a dairy in Burlington and truck the milk over 90 miles to the Tukwila plant early each morning. By 1950, there were 30 retail milk routes that left from Tukwila to deliver the fresh milk to local stores and customers.

The Golden Arrow Dairy was operated by Herman Anderson until 1952. He and his wife, Grace, moved to Skagit County, where he resided until his death in 1971. His son, Wynn and daughter in law, Maxine are still members of the Tukwila Historical Society.

The dairy business and the cows grazing in the pasture land have become just memories with the farmland being sold to the Andover Company for the proposed industrial park site. The I-405 freeway and expansion of the former Renton-Three Tree Point Road, now known as Southcenter Boulevard forced the closure and demolition of the Golden Arrow Dairy site. Our featured photo is just one of many that are in the Tukwila Historical Society archives which chronicle the significant changes that have occurred in less than a century.

Upcoming events

■ Southcenter 50th Reception at Tukwila Heritage and Cultural Center from 2 to 5 p.m. Saturday, May 19. The reception, hosted by the Historical Society, will honor the Southcenter Shopping Mall that originally opened on July 30, 1968. A display will be presented that shows aerial photos of the area prior to the mall and other development. It will cost $10 per person and RSVP is required. To RSVP call 206-244-4478 or email us at tukwilaheritagectr@tukwilahistory.org.

■ Flag Pole Pavilion Renovation Project: The Tukwila Historical Society is pleased to announce our flag pavilion at the Tukwila Heritage and Cultural Center has been approved for an Eagle Scout project by Tukwila resident, Jack Garris. This project will include a new lit flag pole with benches. To raise funds to cover the costs associated with the project, the Tukwila Historical Society is selling commemorative bricks to be installed in front of the flag pole pavilion. A brochure has been created for those who are interested in supporting this project. If you are interested in purchasing a brick, the brochure is available by request or in the box near the front door of our building. Please contact Louise Jones-Brown, president of the Tukwila Historical Society, if you should have any questions regarding this announcement. Sponsorships are welcome.

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