By Olivia Hobson
Cascadia Daily News 

What's the Deal With: Mount Baker Theatre's boulder?


Last updated 11/11/2022 at 11:39am

Olivia Hobson, Cascadia Daily News

The boulder between Commercial and Unity streets is hard to miss.

The boulder behind Mount Baker Theatre is rather conspicuous. Nestled in the alley behind the building between Commercial and Unity streets, it looks like city planners made a mistake.

But no, this boulder is not an interloper. The outcropping is Chuckanut sandstone, the local geologic formation that makes up the Chuckanuts and the rest of Bellingham's hills and coastline, running below the buildings and streets of downtown.

The Chuckanut sandstone formation was deposited 50 million years ago, before the formation of the Olympic Mountains.


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