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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"The Pittsburgh of the West", Everett bay-front With Bell-Nelson mill and ship sheds in view.

Date: 1898-1901

Photographer: George W. Kirk

Scanned from a copy print of an 8 x 10 original photo

Rights: Everett Public Library

Washington Cedar: 110,000 Shingles, ca. 1900.

Photographer: George W.Kirk

Western red cedar shingles were an economic base for Snohomish County, first split by hand and used in lieu of scarce money as a medium of exchange with merchants and later turned out by the millions when machines were developed to saw them, as by the Blackman brothers of Snohomish. (Information contributed by Dr. David A. Cameron) #6 in a mounted photo series issued by Kirk Studio.

Scanned from original brown-toned 6 x 8 mounted prints

Rights: Everett Public Library

Girls’ basketball team at the Tulalip Indian School, 1910.

Photographer: J. A. Juleen

Scanned from a copy negative.

More information about the Tulalip people can be found by visiting the Hibulb Cultural Center.

Bathing beach on Port Gardner Bay, ca. 1900

Scanned from a 4 x 5 glass negative

Rights: Everett Public Library

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

Rights: Everett Public Library

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.

Rights Everett Public Library.

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.

Rights: Everett Public Library

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