Learn How to do Cybertours about Local History

Consider attending the Mobile Technology Seminar on November 1st 2011. 

Mountain Loop Highway CyberTour
Mountain Loop Highway CyberTour

Click Snohomish County Tourism Bureau  for information about a *Mobile Technology Seminar* to learn about cell phone tours, mobile web tours, mobile surveys and mobile giving.   For examples of the 5 that have been done so far see below!

Historic Everett Walking Tour

Snohomish County Aviation Adventures 

Granite Falls Walking Tour

Mountain Loop Tour

Snohomish Walking Tour

Paddle to Swinomish on Saratoga Passage

On Saturday and Sunday my husband and I watched from the Port of Mabana on Saratoga Passage looking west as the canoes paddled their way north towards LaConner. It was inspiring to watch these amazing vessels and imagine the experience. They navigated their way against significant headwinds most of the day.

This traditional Coast Salish gathering has been more impressive each year with participation from as far away as Alaska.  The ones here are heading north and probably intending to arrive at Cama Beach State Park which is one of the camping sites for the journey.
For the Map route click here.
For more info click here.

One of the Canoes from a distance


Indian Canoe on the Paddle to Swinomish 2011

Canoes with Coast Guard ship nearby

Part of the journey includes a water quality monitoring project conducted by the Tribes and USGS.  See their website.

Visit and Explore your local history museums in your own backyard!

This summer its easy to make several days of visiting the many local museums in Snohomish County!  The variety of the ways history is being made alive will impress you.  Bring your questions and your family to learn about the history of your community and the surrounding ones. Download a copy of the Snohomish County Sesquicentennial map and explore.

Snohomish County Map

Snohomish County Historical And Cultural Sites

For a city and suburban history – start with Heritage Park  in Lynnwood.  It is great for story about a previous generation’s promotion of farming for its logged off lands at the Alderwood Manor Demonstration Farm - history repeating itself.  The park also is home to Interurban history and the Sno-Isle Genealogical Society for your Genealogical Research!

If you want to stay close to Seattle, take the time to visit the Edmonds historic Carnegie Library, now the museum on your visit to their summer market!  Later on try the unique and nearby Mukilteo Light Station!

For a day trip to the mountains - try Granite Fall Historical Museum which includes touring the Mt. Loop Highway on your way to Darrington‘s beautiful mountain views and hiking. Learn about the area and pick up our audiovisual tour of the Mt. Loop for your phone or laptop.  While you are there, if you are interested in mining history and a great hike, contact the Monte Cristo Preservation Association .

In Arlington, try the Stillaguamish Valley Pioneer Museum on a Sunday, Wednesday or Saturday from 1-4 and then take the Pioneer Highway to Stanwood and tour the waterways and resorts of Port Susan and Saratoga Passage in their museum along with their 1890s D. O. Pearson House.

Don’t wait for the fair to check out the Western Heritage Center in Monroe and the Monroe history museum – two different but great places with lots of history in the middle of the County!  And if you are heading over Highway 2 – check out the very special Index Museum and the Skykomish Walking Tour!

Downtown Marysville, Snohomish (the Blackman Museum open Sundays) and Lake Stevens (next to the library) also have special features of their history to share.  Information is available at the highlighted links!

Visit and support these treasured organizations which are preserving our community histories – and if you have time, join and help with the activities.  They are all volunteer owned and operated.  For more information on other heritage – related museums, see also the Snohomish County Tourism site .

Snohomish County Sesquicentennial – 1861 – County Formed

Snohomish County : An Illustrated History

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Celebrate the Sesquicentennial of Snohomish County

Celebrate the Sesquicentennial of Snohomish County

Snohomish County will be celebrating its Sesquicentennial – see our previous post and the website –   http://www.snoco150.net

For the story of our county’s formation read the following excerpt from the book Snohomish County: An Illustrated History ~~~~~~~~~`

In 1860 the area [the Snohomish, Stillaguamish River valleys, Everett and Mukilteo shorelines] still was part of Island County, with government at Coupeville and court held at Port Townsend as part of Judicial District 3 (until 1868). With the nation in grave crisis leading toward civil war, a number of the settlers along the Snohomish River wished to participate in that year’s divisive elections. Seventeen votes were cast unofficially and sent to Coupeville, where they were too late to be counted. Frustrated by the situation, a petition meeting was organized and hosted by Emory C. Ferguson where the men requested the territorial legislature create a separate mainland county. Frost and Fowler also may have sent their own. The timing was excellent!

Once again gold and silver had been discovered, and new thousands of eager miners poured into eastern Washington territory, headed for the Boise Basin, Idaho City, and Missoula. Walla Walla surged to the lead in population, most of which supported the Democratic party and had no interest in the issues affecting Puget Sounders, who overwhelmingly supported the victorious Republicans of Abraham Lincoln. Fearing domination of the territorial legislature by those eastern mining interests, a proposal by Territorial Councilman Paul K. Hubbs of Port Townsend to create a new county in his district already had passed by the time the Snohomish men had paddled their canoe down to the capital with their petition.

Effective January 14, 1861, Snohomish County came into existence. The county’s temporary seat would be in Mukilteo, until elections could be held in July, The county’s first officers were Jacob Summers (sheriff); Emory C. Ferguson, Henry McClurg, and John. Harvey (commissioners); Jacob D. Fowler (auditor); Charles Short (judge of probate); and John Harvey (treasurer). A rough census of the non-native population listed 49 men and no women, the majority located near Mukilteo, Snohomish, and Tulalip.

On March 12, 1861 the county commissioners met at Frost and Fowler’s store to conduct their first business: receiving and accepting a petition for the county to build a road from Snohomish City up the Snohomish and Skykomish rivers to Woods Prairie (near the future site of Monroe) and rejecting Fowler’s request to grant him a license to sell a small amount of liquor, holding that they only had authority to issue full licenses for the fee of 8300. Salem Woods (of Woods Prairie) was appointed assessor, with Fowler taking over as treasurer. C.M. Stilwell received appointment as justice of the peace for the Mukilteo precinct, Ferguson for the Snohomish one. At their second meeting on May 6, the county was divided into two voting precincts, ballots to be cast at the store for the Mukilteo precinct and at Ferguson’s house for Snohomish. Salem Woods now became sheriff. Frost and Fowler agreed to the full liquor license, while Ferguson and Cady were licensed to operate their ferry across the river at Snohomish.
The first election oil July 8, 1861 would set the tone of county politics for many years to come. Ferguson showed his skill by organizing 17 votes for his site, while only 10 were cast for Mukilteo.  In 1862 Mukilteo became the county’s first post office, with Fowler appointed the first postmaster.

by Cameron, David A. from Snohomish County: An Illustrated History. Index, WA: Kelcema Books LLC, 2005, p. 63.   For more of the story  – copies of the book are still available

Try a Carnegie Tour this summer !

grandtourmainheadIt’s not too late to get a passport (or download a pdf version) and visit as many of Washington State’s Historic Carnegie Libraries as possible!  Edmonds and Snohomish (City) are participants so you can visit them to see their activities.  Lisa Christopher and two other volunteers from the Clark County Historical Society spent over 600 hours putting this program together to promote these special buildings and their preservation activities.

Download an put up to beautiful poster to decorate your Bulletin Board.

Mr. Carnegie’s Grand Tour of Washington State ( http://carnegietour.web.officelive.com/default.aspx )

submitted by

Karen Prasse, League President