Northwest History Room Archives

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.
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Brue Building school with children, 3010 Everett Avenue, Everett, Washington. May 2, 1892.

Photographers: R. King and D. W. Baskerville.

Scanned from copy print of original 5 x 8 print.

Intersection of Hewitt and Hoyt Avenues in Everett, WA. Looking North on Hoyt. Ca. 1977.

Photographer Neil House.

Scanned from a 35mm slide.

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Law enforcement officers pose with a confiscated moonshine still in front of the Snohomish County Jail. 1930s.

Photographer: J. A. Juleen.

Scanned from an original 8 x 10 nitrate negative.

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It wouldn’t be a Northwest history tumblr without some stumps. Note the notch in the top left of the stump from where a logger placed a springboard on which he stood to chop the tree. 

Men and women posed in front of stump ca. 1900

Everett, Washington

Photographer Unknown

Scanned from a 4 x 5 glass negative

Rights: Everett Public Library

Workers posed in front of a newly-finished boiler destined for maritime adventure. Sumner Iron Works ca. 1903. 

Sign reads:








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. 

Photographer Unknown.

This plant formerly stood here in Everett, WA. 

Scanned from a glass plate negative. 

More Sumner Iron Works images can be viewed at our online collection

Rights: Everett Public Library

Members of Local 191 IBEW in Everett, Washington. November 1905.

Photographer: Unknown

Front row, left, R. Jay Olinger; J. McLain; Gibbs; Percy Hoyt. Man behind Olinger, with pipe, is Jim Davis.

Scanned from a photograph

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Indian Shaker Church - Tulalip, WA

Date built: 1924

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.

Photographer: David Dilgard

Digital Collection: Places of the Past

Mobil Oil promotion in front of J. O. Fisher Motor Company - December 4, 1933

Photographer: J. A. Juleen

J. O. Fisher Motor Company (J. O. Fisher, president and Frank M. Scott, vice president), service station and Plymouth and Dodge sales company, was located at 2902 Rucker Avenue in Everett, Washington.

Scanned from an 8 x 10 original nitrate negative

2 young girls on porch in 1892

Photographers: R. King and D. W. Baskerville

Scanned from original 5 x 8 glass negative

Rights: Everett Public Library

Toboggan water slide at Silver Beach, Silver Lake - 1920s. How refreshing!

Photographer: J.A. Juleen

Order # J516

Scanned from an original 5 x 7 nitrate negative

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