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Records provide us with a voluminous trail of documentation detailing events in Everett and the surrounding region, so since this city profile you are reading is meant only as a brief, colorful overview of Everett's development, I strongly urge interested readers to delve more deeply into many, readily available sources for as Paul Harvey would say, “the rest of the story”.

You have just read my original introduction paragraph about Everett, but I am inserting this afterthought after completing the synopsis. In fact, brief and colorful was my intent.  However, the story of Everett just won’t fit into a shoe box nor should it, and the more one knows about this city, it seems the more one wants to know.  I hope I have done the founders well-deserved justice with my account.

The first non-Indians to sail past Everett in 1592 could have been a Spanish exploration fleet including the ship’s pilot, Juan de Fuca.  He was actually Greek by birth, with a given name of Ioánnis Fokás, which translated to Juan de Fuca.  Records confirming his sighting of the waters now known as the Strait of Juan de Fuca are conflicting.  However, when Capt. Charles Barkley discovered the Strait for himself in 1787, he named it in honor of the man who may have discovered it almost 200 years before.

Then in June of 1792, English Captain George Vancouver landed near Everett and claimed the region for the King of England. The Hudson’s Bay Company exploration of the Snohomish River followed in 1824.

Logging was occurring in the Everett area about the same time Seattle was settled in 1851, and a sawmill was operational in 1853 across Tulalip Bay from Everett.  The mill was subsequently abandoned when the treaty of 1855 granted the Tulalip area to the Indians as a reservation.

Then the first brave souls started to arrive here, planted roots and blazed a trail for others.  Dennis Brigham built a cabin in 1861 on 160 acres on the bay side of Everett, and was slowly joined by others scattered throughout the woods.

The nearby community of Lowell predates the birth of Everett by about 30 years.  In 1863, Eugene Smith and Otis Wilson set up a logging camp on the Snohomish River just south of Everett.  By 1873 the town was platted and had community supporting businesses, and a sawmill by 1889.  Lowell owned some 5,000 acres of land with all but 1,600 on the Port Gardner Peninsula where Everett would eventually arise.  Smith later negotiated with the Rockefeller group to locate a paper mill at Lowell, that survived the difficult 1890‘s and beyond.

Today’s residents of Lowell still cling tenaciously to their original identity even after being annexed by Everett. Lowell will be further honored and remembered in their very own city synopsis page on this website.

The total population of the Port Gardner Peninsula was about 35 people when the Rucker family came to town in 1889.  They made their mark on early Everett when by 1890 they purchased thousands of acres originally intended to become the town of Port Gardner. But they soon joined forces with the Hewitt, Colby, and Rockefeller group to implement an even grander plan. 

The developments of the modern era happened swiftly and dramatically when Henry Hewitt, Jr. came north from Tacoma exploring opportunities to invest in developing a great, industrially based city.  Decisions taken and contacts made in 1890 would create the city to be known as Everett. 

Hewitt convinced Rockefeller associate Charles Colby to seek Rockefeller backing of a grand Everett development plan, and concurrently, the Great Northern Railroad committed to a line to Everett.  The Ruckers joined the financial group as they exchanged land holdings for profit shares.  By 1891, the town had started work on four major businesses; a barge works, nail factory, paper mill and smelter, and construction was booming.  Potential riches from the region’s Monte Cristo mine complex were also a large part of the financial equation for Rockefeller.

Hopes for Monte Cristo were high with the first claim staked on July 4, 1889.  By 1891, 40 claims had been filed and 13 separate mines were in operation; and by 1893 the claims had risen to 211.  Rockefeller bought the original mines and invested in site facilities.   A crude road was blazed from the north for initial operations, to be supplanted in 1893 by the arrival of the Everett & Monte Cristo Railway.

Concentrated ore was shipped out between the years 1894 to 1896 until a flood first washed out the railroad tracks.  After repairs, ore flowed again until a second wash out in 1897.  Rockefeller took control of more mines, fixed the tracks and ore moved out once again between the years 1900 to 1903, at which time Rockefeller sold his interests in the mine.  Small mining operations continued until 1920 when the last mine closed.

Two problems brought the demise of the dream:  mining engineers had assumed ore veins went much deeper into the ground than they actually did; and investors had directed the railroad be built too close to river flood levels.  The amazing legacy of Monte Cristo can still be appreciated if one takes the four-mile hike to the mine.

Back in Everett, the community was being populated even while land and stump clearing was still going on full swing.  Everett had north and south rail service in 1891, and by 1892 the population was already 5,600, with many foreign born immigrants coming to create their future by the sweat of their brows.  Amazingly, Everett was incorporated in 1893!

The whaleback freighter ‘Charles W. Wetmore’ arrived in December 1891. The company from Wisconsin planned to establish a west coast manufacturing plant in Everett, and the ‘City of Everett’ was launched in 1894, but was the only such ship built in Everett.

In 1893 the unexpected happened when the bottom fell out of the silver market, and sent the country into a severe recession.  Many employers in Everett had no choice but to close up shop, which led to many workers leaving Everett.  The City suffered but didn’t collapse.  However, Rockefeller withdrew investments in the City during the 1984 – 1895 period, and created an investment leadership vacuum.

James Hill, head of Great Northern Railway took over leadership of the original investment group in 1899, and Frederick Weyerhaeuser purchased 900,000 acres of forest land in Washington from hill in 1900.  The first Weyerhaeuser mill in Everett was opened in 1903, the second in 1915 with more to follow.  By 1903, Weyerhaeuser had invested in more than 1.5 million acres of Washington timberland.  Many mill workers spent their entire careers working for the company.  Today, timber management practices include both high yield forestry and attention to overall land stewardship.

By 1900 things were growing again and significant community Expertise were being added.  Times were good enough as well to convince William Butler to stay in Everett.  He was a mining engineer responsible for running the operation of the Rockefeller funded Monte Cristo mine concentrator facility.  By the end of the 1890’s when Rockefeller sold his mining interests, instead of returning to Rockefeller, Butler decided to remain in Everett. 

He focused his investments in banks and became the new money source for Everett development. After 1900, he controlled mills, timberland and an ore processing company.  He micromanaged the granting of loans and made his share of enemies, determined which individuals would receive loans and who would work in his mills.  Yet he is credited with playing a primary role in helping Everett recover from the terrible 1890’s.

The turn of the century saw a boom in Everett for many years with the population reaching some 25,000 by 1910.  Interurban rail service reached Everett in 1910, and served as a direct connection to Seattle.  The City had 95 manufacturing plants, and lumber and shake mills were running at capacity, but labor troubles were brewing.

Everett long had strong craft unions, and as early as 1904 there were 28 trade unions, each proud of their specific trade.  However, many workers in assorted industries were not represented in the trade union framework.  That’s when the International Workers of the World (IWW) saw an opportunity to expand their ranks and promote their message in Washington.

The IWW were called ‘Wobblies‘ and differed from existing craft unions in that they wanted both skilled and unskilled workers from all trades to belong to the same union.  IWW had wide spread success recruiting in logging camps and called a general strike in 1917 of some 50,000 workers. The chopping stopped until state and federal pressure on employers brought sanitary and work place changes IWW sought.  IWW recruiting next moved to the cities.

The difference in union philosophies came to a tragic head in 1916 when a standoff on the docks between 300 IWW members on two incoming ships and deputized mill workers broke out in gunfire killing at least 7 men.

IWW had apparent ties to the Socialist Party, and promoted class warfare, resistance to entering WWI, government overthrow, abolishing the profit motive, and anti-capitalist themes.  They wanted to free workers from the "bondage of capitalism", and for workers to possess all the economic power---from controlling production and distribution to being entitled to everything they produced. 

However, they also promoted a 40-hour work week and improved safety and sanitary conditions for workers.  The IWW was likely influenced by beliefs of immigrant workers from eastern and western Europe and Scandinavia.  Even though that time period is now long gone, IWW ideals have continued to shape some aspects of current union philosophies.  Even some protestors at the anti-WTO riots in Seattle in 1999 were active IWW members.

The year 1918 saw the creation of the Port of Everett.  City leaders had hoped to boost Everett’s shipbuilding industry during WWI, but the war ended just four months later.

The concept of a port district as a legal entity created some of the same legal powers vested in cities; namely, eminent domain and taxing authority.  At the time, most of the port area was privately owned and controlled by businesses and the railroad.  The Port’s long-term objective was to convert the port area to civic control so the facilities could be better managed to serve the public’s broader interest.

As luck would have it, Everett has one of only 11 deep draft ports in Washington (of 75 public port districts).  This characteristic is the foundation element required to attract ocean going freighters and Navy berthing.

Although Everett benefited marginally from WWI shipping, it was fully ready for the high demands for water transportation during WWII, and developed a large shipyard with deep draft capability.  In addition, the northwest commercial fishing industry that was strong from the 1930’s into the 1970’s, had a large fleet here.

Wood products have long been a primary export item.   As early as 1900, western Washington had over 340 lumber and shingle mills that shipped overseas and domestically. But since the 1970’s, wood products manufacturing has steadily declined as Everett saw the last Weyerhaeuser mill close in the 1980’s, and the recent retirement of the Kimberly-Clark plant.  Why, from the 1920’s through the 1950’s, Everett had as many as four, wood casket manufacturing plants that are now just a memory in history.  Today, the Boeing Company has become the Port's largest customer.

Technology saw a major change in shipping methods with the onset of container use in the 1960’s----they are standardized, safer and now intermodal to increase efficiencies and help reduce shipping costs.  With upgrades over the years, Everett is now able to handle general cargo and containers, bulk products, and bulk ore and refrigerated goods.  In recent years, over 90% of all incoming and outgoing cargo involved Asia.

As part of its plan to upgrade Port facilities, Everett created a site tailor made for Navy requirements that led to the completion of Naval Station Everett in 1991, and to becoming fully operational in 1994. A significant Navy fleet is based here, contributing to readiness and the overall Everett economy.

There has also been extensive marina development, including even more expansive plans for the future.  Currently, the Port has 2,300 slips in the largest public marina on the west coast. Work is also in progress to upgrade accommodations for ocean going cargo vessels during on-load and off-load operations.

Land transportation routes for Everett were an entirely different matter, for the City was basically mucked in from the north and to the east by marshlands and three sloughs. In fact, the matter of very difficult topography probably kept Everett from originally expanding to the current area of Marysville, north of the vast marsh wetlands.

The railroad made the first venture north across this area, and with the advent of auto traffic, Washington State supported building a north-south highway linking Canada and Oregon. In 1927, the last and most difficult section was completed at Everett using four bridges and was known as the Pacific Highway.  It was soon renamed US 99, but after 86 years, you can still see map references using both names.

The completion of the new highway spelled the beginning of the end for the Seattle rail link to Everett as people preferred the flexibility of the automobile.  However, the volume of traffic was to increase to a point that mandated a much higher capacity road system.  The highway became the freeway in concept and led to building the road we now know as I-5.  Again, engineers had a challenge at the Everett area, but this time, conquered the marshes with 11 bridges. Locals still travel the original Pacific Highway route going north to Marysville.

We’ve covered both the water and land aspects of Everett, but the air portion is just as important. Paine Field was built as a WPA project, and its huge impact on local development could never have been foreseen.

Although not part of Everett proper, nearby Paine Field deserves a special mention considering its effects on the City and other neighboring communities. It was opened in 1939 (unofficially, the field saw its first use in 1937, when a two-seated monoplane made an emergency landing on a still partially ungraded runway) and planned for commercial airport use. Both WWII and the Korean Conflict saw military control of the site. By 1968 the military had ceased operations and private and unscheduled commercial aircraft operators used the field. Then the giant came.

Boeing selected a 780-acre parcel adjacent to the field to build a manufacturing plant for their new 747 commercial airliners. The first 747 rolled out wearing Boeing’s first patriotic red, white and blue paint livery in September 1968.

The entire project involving site preparation, building erection and aircraft completion in three years was truly a monument to the vision and leadership of an elite group of men, namely; Juan Tripp from Pan Am, Bill Allen, T. Wilson, Jack Steiner, Mal Stamper and Joe Sutter from Boeing.  They bet the company on this airplane – and won.  All are gone now except Joe Sutter, who I had the honored privilege of working with at Boeing in the 1970’s and 1980’s.

The parallels between Boeing’s achievements and the development of Everett are distinctly obvious. Each started with a vision, with leaders willing to take capitalist risks, and the determination to see the project through to successful completion.  The workers who toiled long hours in unheated buildings at Boeing and the cedar mill workers in Everett who worked in lethal conditions are truly brothers in the devotion to their trades.

Today, many Everett area residents work at the Boeing Everett Plant that has provided an invaluable and reliable income base for the city.  Historically, and once again today, there is heated discussion about the possibility of allowing scheduled flight operations from the field.  As time has progressed, what once was a strip in the middle of nowhere is now a busy field complex surrounded by maturing city communities whose tranquility could be at risk by such new operations.  Stay tuned.

Looking at the City’s early, dramatic growth, one could easily assume Everett’s population now would rival Seattle. However, that was not to be, and that’s turned out to be a plus for Everett’s livability. The period of 1920 - 1960 saw only an average growth of 316 per year. The Boeing Everett Plant helped boost 1960 – 1970 population by 33%; and by 2010 the population rose further by 92% over 1970.  At last tally in 2011, there were 104,295 people within the City.

Over this period, the City has been quietly refreshing itself, taking stock of its past and planning for an extremely inviting future.  They have developed some 40 parks, began redevelopment in 2006 of the Port Gardner Wharf area, spruced up downtown, built Comcast Arena, and relocated a 1923 Weyerhaeuser mill office building to a long term home at the Port’s South Marina.

A significant addition to downtown character is Everett Station, which opened in 2002.  With a design evoking voluminous rail stations of a bygone era and nearly a decade in the making, it is a combined use center for rail and bus transportation, and includes educational facilities and community spaces.

You’ll find numerous sources of entertainment, as well as educational and cultural opportunities to enjoy in Everett including the Fisherman’s Tribute Statue, dedicated in 2011 at the new North Marine Plaza.  And don’t forget to get your tickets to see a Silvertips hockey game at Comcast Arena, or catch Aquasox baseball at the field on Broadway.

The Aquasox are a Mariners farm club and you’ll never have a better baseball experience----the smell of fresh cut grass, boys playing ball because they love the game, kids on the field between innings having fun, and a real hometown feel to everything.  If you liked Kevin Kostner’s Field of Dreams movie, then you will love the Aquasox.

There are many attractive shopping venues in town, or just run up the freeway to the Seattle Premium Outlets Mall by the Tulalip Casino.  While you’re on the road, be sure to tune in to Everett’s radio station, KRKO, a 50,000-watt blowtorch that has been on the airwaves since 1919. If you shop till you drop and need some medical care, you can be assured that some of the very best facilities in the region are right here in Everett.

If you’re thinking of moving here, it can be reassuring to know that there are 19 different neighborhood associations helping to make every part of the City a better place to live, work, and raise a family.

There’s a place here that’s just right for you, too.



From the Office of the Mayor
City Website Welcome Message


Welcome to the City of Everett. Everett is a beautiful city of more than 100,000 people located in the north Puget Sound area.

We have unbeatable views.
To the west, we enjoy the saltwater shoreline of Port Gardner Bay and Possession Sound as well as the Olympic mountain range. To the northeast and east, we enjoy the shores of the Snohomish River and the majestic views of the Cascade mountain range and Mt. Baker. To the south, on clear days, we enjoy a peek-a-boo view of Mt. Rainer.

We are an All-America City that has focused on citywide investments, growing our economy and creating a better quality of life. In Everett, government, business and the community actively partner and collaborate on everything from transportation to the arts to health care to education.

In Everett we play hard and we work hard. It’s not a coincidence that the thinkers and innovators fueling the 21st Century are moving to Everett. We are a growing urban setting rich in diversity, cultural amenities and outdoor recreational opportunities.

We have some of the best salmon and steelhead fishing in the world. Our Port boasts the largest public marina on the West Coast and we have more than 1,600 acres of parks, trails and playgrounds.

We are proud to be the home of the Boeing 787 Dreamliner, the Everett Silvertips ice hockey team, the Washington Stealth la crosse team and the Everett AquaSox minor league baseball team.

Everett is a city in motion. We are a city with movers and shakers who know innovation doesn’t happen when you are standing still.

Welcome to our beautiful City of Everett.

Sincerely,

Ray Stephanson, Mayor






From the Office of the Executive Assistant to the Mayor


Dear Mr. Shelton:

This is to acknowledge receipt of your March 26 letter and enclosures.

Mayor Stephanson appreciates the effort you have made to promote the cities you serve, including Everett. The historical article you’ve composed and the many links you have garnered do indeed shine a pleasing light on Our Fair City, and we thank you for that!

We’re grateful, too, for your kind offer to allow the mayor to make promotional comments on your web site. However, Mayor Stephanson finds it a better practice to avoid the inference of commercial endorsement and so he declines the opportunity.

Given your demonstrated interest in local history, we hope you will enjoy the enclosed history of Everett parks. We look forward to visiting your web site in the future, to see how the local informational aspects are fleshed out.

Best Regards,

Charli McGourty
Executive Assistant to the Mayor

Useful Links and Local Features

Port of Everett

Economic Alliance – Snohomish County

Thinking of Moving Here?

Comcast Neighborhoods: Everett

Downtown Everett

Tribute to Everett

2012 State of the City Address – Everett Mayor Ray Stephanson

Everett Mayor’s Update:  November 2012

Historic Everett

Historic Everett Home Tour 2011

Snohomish County

Naval Station Everett

Naval Station Everett - NavyFFR

Amtrak Everett

Everett Rowing Association

Everett Rowing Association on the Water

Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University

History of Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University

Flight Degree Program at Embry-Riddle’s Daytona Beach Campus

Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University

Greater Everett Community Foundation

Everett Schools

Everett High School Lip Dub 2013

Kayaking the Boat Graveyard, Steamboat Slough

Boeing City at Everett

Cruzin’ to Colby 2012

Providence Everett Medical Center

Riverside Park

Wiggums Hollow Park

Johnston Kelly Park

Evergreen Arboretum and Gardens in Everett

Nishiyama Japanese Gardens – Everett Community College

Port of Everett Marina – Your Adventure Starts Here!

Autumn Sunrise at Silver Lake

Paine Field Airport

Paine Field Airshow

Nasa Super Guppy Flyby – Paine Field 2012

Everett Aquasox 2010 Intro Video

Everett Aquasox 2011 Intro Video

Everett Aquasox Website

Everett Aquasox Draft Day

787 Delivery Factory Tour in Everett

The Boeing Factory at Everett

Boeing Everett Official Tour

Great Planes – Boeing 747 Documentary

This Town – Everett Silvertips on a Streak

Everett Silvertips Hockey Club

WSU Engineering At Everett Community College

Flying Heritage Collection

KISS “Meet and Greet” Experience in Everett

John’s Sporting Goods

Everett Waterfront by Mark Horner

The Flying Pig Brewing Company in Downtown Everett

Know What’s Below, Call Before You Dig

Pest Extermination Expertise for Everett - Trey Shelton

Bee, Wasp and Yellow Jacket Nest Removal for Everett - Trey Shelton

Beaver, Otter, Mt. Beaver and Raccoon Trapping for Everett - Trey Shelton

Tree Removal, Topping and Thinning - Mike Green

Real Estate Expertise – Eric Reese

Real Estate Expertise  - Gary Showalter

Real Estate Expertise – Joni Kerley

Real Estate Expertise - Cori Whitaker

Real Estate Expertise – Barbara Clark

Real Estate Expertise – Charlotte Kossow

Real Estate Expertise – Gvara Kirschner

Real Estate Expertise – OJ Marston

Real Estate Expertise – Michael West and Leilani McCormick

Air Duct Cleaning

Roofing Expertise

Roof Repair Expertise - Dan Everts

Gutter Expertise

Drainage and Structural Expertise

Home Inspections – Mark Daughtry

Precision Turf Equipment – Dan Robinson

Handicraftsman Expertise – Roger McColley

Professional Painting Expertise - Matt Elam and PJ Clarke

Irrigation, Lighting, Backflow Device Testing, Service & Repair - Dave Sheldon

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