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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Bathing beach on Port Gardner Bay, ca. 1900

Scanned from a 4 x 5 glass negative

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As we gear up for Labor Day weekend, we thought we’d share a view of Everett on Labor Day in 1912.

Everett Labor Day parade showing Electrical Workers float in front of the Hewitt Block. Looking west from Colby and Hewitt Avenues. Note Tower Block at Rucker corner. On wagon: Left, R. Jay Olinger; Fred Roscoe, Sam Roberts. On track is the Officer of the Day.

Photographer: Unknown

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Here in the Northwest History Room of the Everett Public Library, we get frequent visitors looking into the history of buildings and land usage. One of the first resources we point people to is our collection of Sanborn Fire Insurance maps. We have the 1914 map, and a copy of the 1914 that was updated in 1955 to show the present state of the land. These dates come in handy for people who own older non-compliant structures because they can be grandfathered in if they predate 1955. 

The above collection of photos shows just a bit of what can be gleaned from comparing the 1914 and 1955 maps. In the top two photos, you can see how the old Everett Flour Mill was gradually replaced by the sprawling Scott Paper Co. Mill. Over time, this expansion meant altering the natural landscape by filling in some of the tidelands and building over them on piers. Roads and rails were altered to make way.

The next two photos show the expansion of residential buildings that happened at 26th and Rainier.  One can see how some buildings changed use, for example going from being a dwelling (‘D’) to being a shed, or gained or lost outbuildings. Some houses, surprisingly, remained mostly the same over the course of those 41 intervening years. 

Lastly we have the key that helps us interpret all the colors and symbols used in the maps. This provides us with a wealth of information about the construction of the buildings, from the materials used on the exterior walls, to the types of windows and skylights present, to the appearance of the chimneys. This is really useful for people who are looking to restore their homes to an earlier appearance, or for people who are trying to discover what a demolished building looked like when no pictures exist.

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

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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

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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

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