Located on the waters of Possession Sound, Mukilteo is one of the earliest settlements in Snohomish County. It takes its name, which means "good camping ground," from the Native American people who established a permanent winter village on the spit of land and adjoining salt marsh. Numerous events add to Mukilteo's rich history, including the visit of Capt. George Vancouver in 1792 and Gov. Isaac Stevens's signing of the Point Elliott Treaty in 1855. Founded by Morris Frost and Jacob Fowler in 1860, the city housed the first salmon cannery in Washington and one of the region's earliest breweries. Japanese immigrants became an important part of the community from 1903 to 1930 while working for the Crown Lumber Company. The city's lighthouse, located near the Mukilteo-Clinton ferry dock, has been a well-known fixture since 1906.
Author Bio: For this pictorial history of Mukilteo, author and local historian Steve K. Bertrand has selected over 200 images from the community, libraries, historical societies, and state archives. He traced the history of Mukilteo from its earliest days to its incorporation as a city in 1947. These photographs provide a glimpse into the lives of the people who first established this unique community in the Pacific Northwest.
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