This is the official tumblr of the Northwest History Room of the Everett Public Library. Each week we will be bringing you a variety of images, documents, and more related to the history of the Pacific Northwest.
Workers posed in front of a newly-finished boiler destined for maritime adventure. Sumner Iron Works ca. 1903.
SUMNER IRON WORKS
WEIGHT 28 TONS
STR Telegraph stands for “Steamer Telegraph,” which was a passenger steamer that traveled the Sound. The Telegraph was built in Everett, WA, and was much beloved by Everett residents until it achieved some notoriety in a maritime accident in Seattle. The Telegraph was docked when the captain of another ship, the Alameda, lost control of his vessel and ran into the Coleman dock. Though there were injuries and the Telegraph sank, no loss of life was reported. The Telegraph was later raised, refurbished, and renamed the Olympian; she was later retired.
Formerly registered on the National Register of Historic Places
Notes: The Indian Shaker Church (opens PDF), unrelated to the better known Protestant sect of the same name, is a messianic, healing cult founded in 1881 and peculiar to the northern Pacific coast. Harshly suppressed on the reservations, followers endured years of persecution before being able to practice their beliefs openly. Built by church members, the Tulalip structure was one of the best preserved examples of Shaker architecture in the region. Its stark exterior incorporated a belfry; inside there was a prayer alcove. Design was expressive of the Shaker sect’s combined Christian and Native American traditions. The structure was destroyed by a fire in 2008.