Bethany has been a community in transition since its earliest day. Forests were removed to allow farming. Dirt roads gave way to ones of gravel and pavement. Originally community activities centered around church, school and the local grange. Gathering places included the general store and post office. Farms eventually gave way to housing. The nearby Somerset West sub-division began in the 1960s and more followed. With the expansion of the urban growth boundary in the 1980s, additional farms were subdivided. The Bethany Village development in the late 1990s brought a new center for the community. This book serves as a reminder of an earlier day, and the changing community through the decades with rare historic photos of farms and residents and includes comparative modern photos to illustrate the evolving community.