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Centennial Trail History Walk – Sept 13th from 11a.m. – 3p.m.

August 31st, 2015 Comments off

Centennial Trail LogoCentennial Trail History Walk leads hikers through Snohomish County’s past.

*Question: *What was the first railroad to build into Snohomish County and  what is much of its right-of-way called today?
*Answer: *The Seattle, Lakeshore, and Eastern and the Centennial Trail

Want to learn more fun facts about Snohomish County heritage? Then grab your walking shoes or hop on a bike – or put the kids in the stroller and make your way down the Centennial Trail, Sept 13th from 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. to learn local history along the former tribal route and early-century transportation corridor.

The Snohomish County Historic Preservation Commission will offer activities for kids, hands-on interactive exhibits and a chance to touch historic artifacts at four different sites along the 30 miles of historic rail line.
The event is free.

Specific activities are located at these four trailheads:

– Nakashima – 32328 SR-9, Arlington
– Bryant -26804 SR9, Arlington
– Machias – 1624 Virginia St., Snohomish
– Snohomish – Pine and Maple, Snohomish

“The Centennial Trail History Walk will be a fun way to learn about our local heritage, said Historic Preservation Commissioner, Chris Jenkins. We wanted to offer an experience that would make learning Sno Co. history more
engaging and because the trail has such a rich history of its own – a discovery walk on the trail allows the participants to put facts into context.”

Can’t make it to the Centennial Trail History Walk? Don’t let that stop you from learning great stories of the people and industries that made an impact on our community in the fields of agriculture, timber and rail online at

For more information about the walk, contact Wendy Becker, Snohomish County Cultural and Economic Development Manager at wendy.becker at

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The J. S. White Story – Snohomish Architect of the city’s many historic buildings.

May 27th, 2015 Comments off

EVENT ONEJ.S. White Snohomish Architect Slide program May 30

Slide Show Presentation by Seattle Architectural Photographer Otto Greule and Snohomish History Writer Warner Blake

WHEN: Saturday, May 30, 2015 | 2 – 3:30p
WHERE: Everett Public Library | 2707 Hoyt | Auditorium
COST: Free
WHAT: Photographer Otto Greule will show and talk about his process photographing historic architecture with a sample selection from his work in Snohomish since 2009; while Warner will provide the historical context and an overall explanation of the project to document J.S. White’s work in frontier Snohomish.

The J.S. White Story: Photography by Otto Greule

Project Background Info: Herald Story, October 2014 by Andrea Brown

EVENT TWO – Guided Tour

WHAT: Guided Walking Tour of J. S. White’s 19th Century Snohomish with Warner Blake
WHEN: Sunday, May 31, 2015 | 2 – 3:30p
WHERE: Snohomish Library | 311 Maple Avenue | Meet in the lobby
COST: $10 Suggest Donation (no reservations, prepare to walk about a mile)
WHAT: Back by popular demand: A mile long loop walk to view the structures photographed by Otto; plus, those not ready for “prime time!” Experience the town as J.S. White’s family did — on foot!

Can’t make it? Free Self-Guided Walking Tour

Warner Blake | 206.914.4075
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Tam Elwell Found Dead by the Milkman

Learn How to do Cybertours about Local History

October 15th, 2011 Comments off

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

July 27th, 2011 Comments off

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.

Snohomish County Sesquicentennial – 1861 – County Formed

November 27th, 2010 Comments off
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 –

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