Blaine - The City of Blaine
The seat of Whatcom County, Blaine’s motto, “Where America Begins,” comes from the fact its northern border is the Canadian - USA border, marked by the Peace Arch monument dedicated in 1921. Named for a U.S.Senator, Secretary of State and unsuccessful candidate for president of the United States, Blaine was first settled in the mid-nineteenth century as a seaport for fishing and logging. At one time, the largest salmon cannery was operated here. With its mild climate, today it is a destination for bird watching, hiking, biking, recreational boating, seafood, and the charm of its turn-of-the-century architecture. The population now tops 5,000.
This is where you will celebrate the 4th of July - the American Independence Day....perhaps even participate in the annual parade!
Icelanders began arriving in Blaine in 1888 from Pembina, North Dakota, USA and Selkirk, Manitoba, Canada. These were the only group migrations. All other settlers arrived here in small groups from a variety of places.