Camano Island is a large island in the Possession Sound portion of Puget Sound, located in Island County, between Whidbey Island and the mainland. The body of water separating Whidbey Island and Camano Island is called Saratoga Passage. Camano Island is separated from mainland Snohomish County by Davis Slough near the city of Stanwood; the island is reached via State Route 532 over the Camano Gateway Bridge in the northeast of the island. There were 13,358 residents on the island as of the 2000 census, but the population peaks at 17,000 during the summer months with retired "snowbirds." The island has a total land area of 102.99 km², though it was larger before the Great Slide of 1825. During the Last Ice Age the island and land surrounding the sound was covered by a mile thick sheet of ice; as temperatures rose the glacier receding carving the island and leaving behind deposits of glacial till. Camano Island is named for the Spanish explorer Jacinto Caamaño; the original name of the island was Kal-lut-chin which in the language of the indigenous Snohomish tribe means "land jutting into a bay".
They used the island as a base during the shellfish gathering expeditions. Charles Wilkes, during the Wilkes Expedition of 1838–1842, named it MacDonough Island in honor of Thomas MacDonough for his victory of the Battle of Lake Champlain during the War of 1812. Following this theme, Wilkes named the body of water between Camano and Whidbey Island after MacDonough's flagship the Saratoga; when Henry Kellett reorganized the official British Admiralty charts in 1847, he removed Wilkes' name MacDonough and bestowed the name Camano, which the Spanish had given to Admiralty Inlet in 1790. Wilkes' name Saratoga Passage was retained. Jacinto Caamaño explored much of the Pacific Northwest going as farth north as what is now Alaska for the Spanish, he began his expedition far to the south in Mexico. In addition to its Snohomish name the island has been known as Macdonough Island named for Thomas Macdonough a U. S. Navy officer during the War of 1812 and as Perry Island after an 1855 treaty between local Native Americans and Washington Territory governor Isaac Stevens.
The first Euro-American settlers on the island arrived at the time of the signing of the treaty. Lastly the island was called Crow Island during the logging era that took place during the early 1900s; the Port Susan Snow Goose & Birding Festival The Camano Island Mother's Day Art Studio Tour The Spring Art Show Twin City Idlers Classic Car Show Art by the Bay, The Stanwood–Camano Festival of Art and Music Vintage Trailer Show The Stanwood Camano Community Fair Collectors Car Show The Harvest Jubilee The AAUW Art for Education Show The Stanwood–Camano Chili & Chowder Cookoff Camano Island is connected to mainland Washington by State Route 532, which travels from the north end of the island to Stanwood via two bridges over the Davis Slough and Stillaguamish River. The island has several connecting roads that travel along the west and east edges to various neighborhoods and the two state parks. Island Transit operates free bus services connecting Camano Island to Stanwood, with onward connections to Mount Vernon, Amtrak Cascades, Everett.
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Oak Harbor, Washington
Oak Harbor is a city located on Whidbey Island in Island County, Washington. The population was 22,075 at the 2010 census. Oak Harbor was incorporated on May 14, 1915. Oak Harbor is Whidbey Island's largest incorporated city; the city's growth coincided with two major events: the building of Deception Pass Bridge on July 31, 1935, the completion of Naval Air Station Whidbey Island on September 21, 1942. Oak Harbor's history goes back to the early 1850s, when two settlers staked claims where the city now stands—Zakarias Toftezen, a shoemaker from Norway. W. Sumner from New England. Houses and businesses sprouted up along the shores of Oak Harbor as the pioneers relied on water transportation until the 1900s. For the next 30 years and freighters carried passengers and freight from the Island to the mainland and back as well as Fidalgo Island to the north; the Irish came in the late 1850s, making Oak Harbor grow and prosper as they fished and farmed the area, the city's Dutch heritage arrived in the 1890s.
Churches and more businesses followed the arrival of the Dutch. A high school was built in 1906. Oak Harbor flourished as a small country town until Deception Pass Bridge and the U. S. Navy Base connected the city to the rest of the world. Deception Pass Bridge, a National Historic Monument since 1982, is two spans that link Whidbey Island to Fidalgo Island over Canoe Pass and Deception Pass; the bridge, one of the scenic wonders and destinations of the Pacific Northwest, was a Public Works Administration project built by the Civilian Conservation Corps. Deception Pass State Park has over 4,100 acres of forest, campsites and scenic vistas of the San Juan Islands, Mount Baker, Fidalgo Island. Oak Harbor is located at 48°17′42″N 122°39′31″W. According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 9.47 square miles, of which, 9.42 square miles is land and 0.05 square miles is water. Access to the island by land is only available by driving through Deception Pass. Other ways to travel to Whidbey Island include utilizing a ferry service.
The Mukilteo-Clinton Ferry provides service connecting the southern end of Whidbey Island and just north of Seattle, WA. Surveys of shorelines throughout the Puget Sound region have indicated that 58% are "unstable". Average retreat rates range from one to eight centimeters per year and shores in the Puget Sound area, composed of unconsolidated sediment, erode 10 to 100 times faster than rocky shoreline; as of the census of 2010, there were 22,075 people, 8,677 households, 5,789 families residing in the city. The population density was 2,343.4 inhabitants per square mile. There were 9,553 housing units at an average density of 1,014.1 per square mile. The racial makeup of the city was 72.6% White, 4.9% African American, 0.9% Native American, 10.2% Asian, 1.0% Pacific Islander, 2.7% from other races, 7.8% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 9.3% of the population. There were 8,677 households of which 38.6% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 51.7% were married couples living together, 11.4% had a female householder with no husband present, 3.5% had a male householder with no wife present, 33.3% were non-families.
26.9% of all households were made up of individuals and 8.5% had someone living alone, 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.53 and the average family size was 3.09. The median age in the city was 29 years. 28.3% of residents were under the age of 18. The gender makeup of the city was 49.2% male and 50.8% female. As of the census of 2000, there were 19,795 people, 7,333 households, 5,265 families residing in the city; the population density was 2,175.0 people per square mile. There were 7,772 housing units at an average density of 854.0 per square mile. The racial makeup of the city was 74.93% White, 5.45% African American, 9.62% Asian, 1.22% Native American, 0.77% Pacific Islander, 2.42% from other races, 5.58% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 6.61% of the population. There were 7,333 households out of which 43.4% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 59.0% were married couples living together, 9.7% had a female householder with no husband present, 28.2% were non-families.
22.2% of all households comprised individuals and 7.2% had someone living alone, 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.68 and the average family size was 3.18. In the city, the population was spread out with 31.6% under the age of 18, 11.6% from 18 to 24, 34.4% from 25 to 44, 13.4% from 45 to 64, 9.0% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 28 years. For every 100 females, there were 98.7 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 95.2 males. The median income for a household in the city was $36,641, the median income for a family was $41,579. Males had a median income of $29,498 versus $21,633 for females; the per capita income for the city was $16,830. About 8.1% of families and 9.3% of the population were below the poverty line, including 11.2% of those under age 18 and 5.4% of those age 65 or over. Shayla Beesley - actress Lamont Brightful - Professional football player in the National Football League and Canadian Football League Michael Harring - filmmaker Patricia McPherson - actress Jerod Turner - professional golfer Marti Malloy - Olympic Judo medalist City of Oak Harbor official website Oak Harbor Tourism and Visitor Service Oak Ha
Langley is a city in Island County, United States, located on the south end of Whidbey Island, overlooking the Saratoga Passage. It is the third largest incorporated area on Whidbey; the population was 1,035 at the 2010 census, while the ZCTA for Langley's post office had a population of 4,878. The geographical area of the city is only 0.8 square miles but the ZCTA includes 26.20 square miles. Langley is served by South Whidbey Fire/EMS, the Langley Police Department, is the home of South Whidbey School District #206; the current mayor is Tim Callison, the police chief is David Marks. Based on per capita income, Langley ranks 92nd of 522 areas in the state of Washington to be ranked. Langley was founded in the 1800s by Jacob Anthes, was named for J. W. Langley of Seattle. In 1902, Mr. Anthes built a logger bunkhouse, still standing in the downtown core and serves as a museum. Langley was incorporated on February 26, 1913; the City of Langley operates under a Mayor-Council form of government. The mayor and council are elected to four-year terms.
The City Council enacts ordinances and resolutions, holds public hearings, receives citizen comments, authorizes payment of City funds, approves contracts, creates committees and boards to assist in the operation of city government. The City Council meets on third Monday of each month in City Hall at 5:30 pm; the Mayor presides over Council meetings and is responsible for the administration of City government. There are 11 precincts on South Whidbey; the City of Langley is contained within a precinct named "Langley". The Langley precinct boundaries trace the City of Langley boundaries exactly. Three city council positions were contested in the 2017 General Election; the incumbents, Dominique Emerson, Thomas Gill, Bert Beusch ran for reelection. The only incumbent to be reelected was Dominique Emerson, winning the election with an overwhelming 79.72%. Challengers Peter Morton and Christy Korrow defeated two incumbents by 74.74% and 77.18% respectively. The current mayor is Tim Callison, elected in 2015 with 52.9% of the vote.
The Langley City Council passed a "Sanctuary City" ordinance on November 20th, 2017. This vote concluded a year of debate in the community, which started on November 28th, 2016 when two Langley residents lobbied the city council; the passage of the ordinance was dismissed by some Langley citizens who felt that it lacked any teeth. Inclusive Langley, a community advocacy group promoting the sanctuary city proposal, took issue with the version of the ordinance that passed. In February 2017, Mayor Tim Callison sent the South Whidbey Record, the local newspaper on South Whidbey, an email with a legal bill for $64. In November, 2017, Police Chief David Marks engaged in unwarranted and aggressive handling of a trespassing suspect with mental health and cognitive problems; the incident was witnessed by two backup officers who reported that Chief Marks used unnecessary and aggressive force when handcuffing a suspect, causing him to fall face first on the ground. Chief Marks was terminated by Mayor Callison.
Mystery Weekend is a yearly event occurring the last weekend in February. A fake newspaper story is run in the South Whidbey Record or a fake newspaper can be purchased from the Visitor & Information Center, detailing the persons involved; the players are instructed to search every store for a box of cards, with a clue to the mystery printed on each card. Various locals play the parts of characters in the story, players are invited to question them for information; the players who believe they have solved the game may submit their solutions and enter into a drawing of prizes. The Welcome the Whales Festival and parade is held at the beginning of April each year; the Djangofest NW Music Festival is held in September each year. This five-day festival celebrates the gypsy jazz style of Django Reinhardt, features workshops and impromptu jam sessions around town; the Whidbey Island Area Fair is held in July at the Island County Fairgrounds in Langley. The original Island County Fair Association was formed in 1912, predating the incorporation of Langley itself.
Langley is located at 48°2′13″N 122°24′31″W. According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 1.08 square miles, all of it land. As of the census of 2010, there were 1,035 people, 555 households, 271 families residing in the city; the population density was 958.3 inhabitants per square mile. There were 678 housing units at an average density of 627.8 per square mile. The racial makeup of the city was 94.1% White, 0.1% African American, 0.6% Native American, 1.6% Asian, 0.1% Pacific Islander, 0.7% from other races, 2.8% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 3.2% of the population. There were 555 households of which 16.6% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 39.1% were married couples living together, 7.6% had a female householder with no husband present, 2.2% had a male householder with no wife present, 51.2% were non-families. 43.6% of all households were made up of individuals and 23.6% had someone living alone, 65 years of age or older.
The average household size was 1.86 and the average family size was 2.51. The median age in the city was 57 years. 14% of residents were under the age of 18. The gender makeup of the city was 40.9% male and 59.1% female. As of the 2000 census, there were 959 people, 486 households, 268 families residing in the city; the population density was 1,165.9 people per square mile. There were 542 housing units at
Sultan is a city in Snohomish County, United States. It is located 23 miles east of Everett at the confluence of the Skykomish River and the Sultan River, a minor tributary; the city had a population of 4,651 at the 2010 census. The city was founded in 1880 at the site of a Skykomish village and settled during a small gold rush. Sultan was platted in 1889, just prior to the arrival of the Great Northern Railway, was a hub for mining and the lumber industry, it was incorporated on June 28, 1905, with a population of 700. The city was home to a Civilian Conservation Corps camp during the Great Depression and undertook several civic improvements in the post-war years. Sultan has since become a bedroom community for large employment centers in the Puget Sound region; the city has several public parks, a historic museum, is located near outdoor recreation areas in the Cascade Mountains. It is connected to nearby cities by U. S. Route 2; the area around the Sultan and Skykomish rivers was occupied by the Skykomish, a branch of the Snohomish people, prior to the arrival of American settlers.
The Skykomish had a permanent village at the confluence named tʷ'tsɬitɬd, along with a nearby fishery named stək'talidubc. Following the discovery of a rich gold vein along the Sultan River, John Nailor and his wife claimed the land around the confluence for a homestead in 1880. Among the first arrivals to the area were Chinese prospectors, who settled the land but were evicted in 1885. Nailor built a small store and hotel to serve miners and loggers serving as the first postmaster after the settlement received a post office in 1885; the town and river were named "Sultan", an anglicization of Tseul-tud chief of the Skykomish tribe. The Nailors sold 20 acres of their homestead to William B. Stevens in 1889, who filed the first plat for Sultan City that October; the Great Northern Railway placed a supply depot for its railroad workers in Sultan in 1891, meeting river steamboats and contributing to the town's early growth. Sultan gained its first sawmill in 1891 and a shingle mill in 1895, as the local economy transitioned away from mining and towards logging.
Sultan was incorporated as a city on June 28, 1905. At the time, the city had a population of 700 people and had three general stores, along with a variety of small industries. By 1912, the city had a public library, electrical service, paved streets, was considering a plan to build a hydroelectric dam that would provide municipal water service. A bridge across the Skykomish River was built in 1908 to connect to new farms on the south bank. Population growth in the Skykomish Valley slowed after World War I due to reduced need for lumber, causing Sultan voters to approve a reduction in the city's size in June 1920; the area was home to various illicit industries during the Prohibition era and experienced several major crimes, including the murder of town marshal Percy Brewster on March 2, 1927, by a serial robber who escaped from prison before being re-captured. The area experienced an economic downturn during the Great Depression and was home to several Civilian Conservation Corps projects based out of a camp near Sultan, which dealt with firefighting and forest management.
The Works Progress Administration completed several projects in the city, including an expansion of the high school and its gymnasium in 1929 and 1939. Several major fires struck Sultan in the 1940s, including one in October 1945 that destroyed a block of buildings on Main Street and another in 1947 that decimated the Sultan Union High School. Sultan residents participated a civic improvement program during the 1950s and 1960s that upgraded or replaced several major facilities with assistance from the state government. A new city hall was opened in 1954, the elementary school was expanded in 1957, a new landing field for airplanes and helicopters opened in 1958. A 33 acres tract of rural land to the southeast was annexed into the city in 1958 and subsequently developed into housing; the Skykomish River Bridge was replaced by a new span in 1961. The Snohomish County Public Utility District began construction of the Culmback Dam in 1960 on the Sultan River, creating the Spada Lake reservoir and providing electricity and drinking water for Everett and much of the county.
The Sky River Rock Festival and Lighter Than Air Fair, one of the first outdoor U. S. music festivals, was hosted at a raspberry farm south of Sultan beginning August 30, 1968. The three-day festival was organized by radio station KRAB and the Helix and attended by an estimated 20,000 hippies, of whom 13,000 had paid tickets, was considered to be a forerunner for festivals like Woodstock. Musical acts at the festival included Santana, the Grateful Dead, Country Joe McDonald, Muddy Waters, Buffy St. Marie, John Fahey, among others; the Sultan city government declined to allow the festival to return the following year due to the traffic and logistical issues that were experienced, including the venue running out of drinking water. The event was forgotten by local residents, but was revived for a one-time festival in 2017. Sultan has since developed into a bedroom community for workers commuting to Everett and Bellevue. Several suburban subdivisions were built in the 1990s and early 2000s, contributing to a population boom and political strife over the area's rural and small-town character.
The Department of Veteran Affairs considered the Sultan area for the site of a new national military cemetery, but ultimate lost to Kent. Sultan celebrated its centennial in 2005 with several festivals and the dedication of a new visitor's center. Despite the population growth, the city's businesses have left Sultan and caused a decl
Mountlake Terrace, Washington
Mountlake Terrace is a suburban city in Snohomish County, United States. It lies on the southern border of the county, adjacent to Shoreline and Lynnwood, is 13 miles to the north of Seattle; as of the 2010 census, the city had a population of 19,909 people. Mountlake Terrace was founded in 1949 by suburban developers on the site of a disused airfield. Within five years, the community had grown to over 5,000 people and was incorporated as a city in 1954 to provide municipal services. In recent decades, Mountlake Terrace has begun development of its own downtown with mixed-use buildings and large employers in lieu of remaining a bedroom community for Seattle commuters. Interstate 5 runs north–south through the city and connects Mountlake Terrace to Seattle and Everett; the site of Mountlake Terrace was thickly forested in the mid-Nineteenth Century and formed part of the traditional hunting-gathering areas of the Snohomish people. The area was obtained by the Puget Mill Company in 1862. By 1900, most of the land in south Snohomish County had been logged.
Pope & Talbot Company, the successor entity of the Puget Mill Company, subdivided the cut area into 10-acre plots, which were sold as "chicken ranches." These plots were sold with moderate success to ranchers raising poultry and chinchilla. An interurban rail line between Tacoma and Everett, Washington was built in 1910, allowing easier access to the farms from throughout the region. Many of them failed during the Great Depression and the railroad was abandoned in 1939. A portion of the area was used by the United States government during World War II as a landing field. At the end of the war, the government ceased operation of the airfield. In 1949, developers Albert Jack Peterson. Bought the abandoned airstrip and began constructing cinder-block houses, they named their development "Mountlake Terrace" because from some parts of the property they could see both Mount Rainier and Lake Washington, the old runway looked a little like a terrace. In 1954, over 5,000 people lived in the area between 244th and 216th Streets SW, 48th and 68th Avenues W.
The existing infrastructure was overwhelmed by this unplanned growth. Some people waited a year for a party-line telephone, streets were unpaved, household sanitation was provided by individual septic systems; the nearest police department was in Everett, 15 miles away. One resident, Patrick McMahan, became frustrated by these conditions, organized the Mountlake Terrace Study Committee, which led a campaign to incorporate the community; the election held November 23, 1954 supported incorporation, 517 to 483. Voters chose a five-person city council in the same election; the council had its first meeting on November 24 and selected Gilbert "Gil" Geiser, a 35-year-old hardware store owner, as Mountlake Terrace's first mayor. Geiser had to lend the new city $5. With the filing, on November 29, Mountlake Terrace became a third-class city. Mountlake Terrace's population doubled between 1950 and 1960 and nearly doubled again by 1970. Small businesses flourished in two strip-mall-type shopping centers in the middle of the area, on land provided by the developers.
The developers donated land for several churches, including the parish of St. Pius X, which celebrated its first mass on June 22, 1955; the John Fluke Corporation moved its electronics center from Seattle to Mountlake Terrace in 1959. In 1961 a bond issue was approved in a special election; the city had been first envisioned as an automobile-based bedroom community, but subsequent leaders began to envision it as a "stand-alone" development with an economically vital downtown area. This effort was aided by the arrival of Fluke and the construction of the two strip malls and the City Hall. However, this development halted in the 1980s. Boeing suffered a significant business downturn, in which about 75% of plant workers in Everett lost their jobs. In 1981, Fluke moved its facility to Everett; the 1980 census showed that Mountlake Terrace's population had dropped by 5 percent in 10 years. The city budget was trimmed, but Mountlake Terrace entered 1989 with a $1.3 million deficit. The mid-2000s saw new construction on 56th Avenue, in 2006 the city created a plan to revitalize the downtown area and encourage economic activity.
As of 2013 the town's largest employer was Premera Blue Cross. A city-center plan adopted in February 2007 allows mixed-use buildings of up to seven stories in the central block and up to five stories in surrounding blocks; the previous limit was three stories. Mountlake Terrace is located at 47°47′27″N 122°18′24″W; the city's elevation above sea level ranges between 262 and 530 feet, with an average altitude of 440 feet. According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 4.17 square miles, of which, 4.06 square miles is land and 0.11 square miles is water. The total area is 2.65% water. The southwestern portion of the city includes Lake Ballinger Park, which offers access to Lake Ballinger and contains a boat launch and a fishing pier; the lake itself is located in Mountlake Terrace and in neighboring Edmonds. According to Mountlake Terrace's 2013 Comprehensive Annual Financial Report, the top employers in the city are: As of the census of 2010, there were 19,909 people, 8,192 households, 4,891 families residing in the city.
The population density was 4,903.7 inhabitants per square mile. T
Mukilteo is a city in Snohomish County, United States. It is located on the Puget Sound between Edmonds and Everett 25 miles north of Seattle; the city had a population of 20,254 at the 2010 census. The current site of downtown Mukilteo was inhabited by the Snohomish people prior to the arrival of American settlers in the 19th century; the Treaty of Point Elliott was signed in Mukilteo in 1855. A new town was founded at Mukilteo and became the provisional county seat of Snohomish County in early 1861; the area remained a trading post for loggers and was home to other industries, but was overshadowed by Everett and grew slowly. Mukilteo was used during World War II as an auxiliary fueling facility, due to its proximity to the newly-built Snohomish County Airport. Mukilteo was incorporated as a city in 1947 and saw new suburban development, which accelerated after the opening of the nearby Boeing Everett Factory in the late 1960s; the city annexed large suburban areas on the west side of Paine Field in the 1980s and 1990s, including Harbour Point and the State Route 525 corridor, while revitalizing its downtown in the 2000s.
Today, Mukilteo is a bedroom community with a small job base centered around manufacturing industries. It is a major transportation hub, with connections to Whidbey Island via the Washington State Ferries system, Sounder commuter trains to Seattle, public transit services to nearby cities; the city is recognized for its quality of life and is one of the most affluent in Washington state, with a high median income. The Lushootseed name Muckl-te-oh or Buk-wil-tee-whu, meaning "good camping ground" or "narrow passage" according to some sources, was given to the headland and nearby waters by the Snohomish people; the Snohomish had a year-round village in the area for at least 600 years before the arrival of European and American explorers in the 19th century. Early artifacts uncovered during waterfront construction in the 2010s were carbon dated to 1,000 years before present; the Vancouver Expedition, led by British explorer George Vancouver, visited the area on May 30, 1792, landed at modern-day Mukilteo the following day.
Lieutenant William Robert Broughton and botanist Archibald Menzies named the site "Rose Point" after the wild Nootka roses that grew along the shore. An American expedition led by Charles Wilkes in 1841 renamed the headland "Point Elliott" for Samuel Elliott, a midshipman. After its 1853 establishment, the Washington territorial government looked to negotiate treaties with the local tribes of the Puget Sound region to secure land for settlement. On January 22, 1855, representatives from the territorial government and 82 local tribes signed the Treaty of Point Elliott, which ceded tribal territories in exchange for compensation, the establishment of Indian reservations, access to traditional hunting and fishing areas. An American settlement at Point Elliott was established two years by Morris H. Frost and J. D. Folwer, two merchants from New York; the two men established a store and saloon on the southwest side of Point Elliott, renamed to Mukilteo in 1860 by Fowler, using an anglicized name of the Lushootseed campsite.
Mukilteo was the area's first trading post and served as the interim county seat of the newly-created Snohomish County beginning January 14, 1861. In the first county elections on July 8, 1861, the county seat was moved to Cadyville by a 17–10 vote. Mukilteo remained the county's only port and a major trading post for the Possession Sound region, soon after received the county's first post office and telegraph station; the town was relocated to another, more protected side of Point Elliott and supported the regional lumber industry, including regular shipments to Whidbey Island and a sawmill of its own. By the 1880s, it had gained a brewery, a gunpowder plant, the Puget Sound region's first cannery. Mukilteo was planned to become the largest port on Possession Sound, with a summer resort accessible by steamship, but the efforts ceased after the establishment of nearby Everett by East Coast industrialists; the Seattle and Montana Railroad was completed in 1891, connecting Mukilteo with Everett and Seattle.
Mukilteo was platted in anticipation of the railroad and was on the shortlist of towns considered for the terminus of the Great Northern, but lost out to Tacoma in 1873. Following the 1890s economic depression, the town experienced a major employment and population boom, with a larger lumber mill and gunpowder factory both built along the shore; the iconic Mukilteo Lighthouse was built in 1906 by the federal Lighthouse Service to serve the increased maritime traffic in the area. Japanese immigrants arrived to work in Mukilteo's mills after the turn of the century, establishing a Japantown in modern-day Japanese Gulch. Passenger ferry service between Mukilteo and Whidbey Island began in 1911 and was followed by the introduction of automobile ferry service in 1919; the town gained a highway connection in 1914 with the completion of Mukilteo Boulevard, which traveled east to Everett. Until the closure of the lumber mill in 1930, Mukilteo was a company town that relied on the Crown Lumber Company to assist in civic endeavors, including its parks, fire department, water district.
During the Prohibition Era, Mukilteo became a major transiting point for rum-running and was a stopover for smugglers transporting alcohol from British Columbia to Seattle. The town's gunpowder plant was destroyed on September 17, 1930, in an after-hours explosion that leveled or damaged dozens of homes, causing $500,000 in damage, it was felt as far as downtown Everett and injured eight people, bu
The Seattle Times
The Seattle Times is a daily newspaper serving Seattle, United States. It has the largest circulation of any newspaper in the state of Washington and in the Pacific Northwest region; the newspaper was founded in 1891 and has been controlled by the Blethen family since 1896. The Seattle Times Company owns local newspapers in Walla Walla and Yakima, it had a longstanding rivalry with the Post-Intelligencer until the latter ceased publication in 2009. The Seattle Times originated as the Seattle Press-Times, a four-page newspaper founded in 1891 with a daily circulation of 3,500, which Maine teacher and attorney Alden J. Blethen bought in 1896. Renamed the Seattle Daily Times, it doubled its circulation within half a year. By 1915, circulation stood at 70,000; the newspaper moved to the Times Square Building at 5th Avenue and Olive Way in 1915. It built a new headquarters, the Seattle Times Building, north of Denny Way in 1930; the paper moved to its current headquarters at 1000 Denny Way in 2011. The Seattle Times switched from afternoon delivery to mornings on March 6, 2000, citing that the move would help them avoid the fate of other defunct afternoon newspapers.
This placed the Times in direct competition with its Joint Operating Agreement partner, the morning Seattle Post-Intelligencer. Nine years the Post-Intelligencer became an online-only publication; the Times is one of the few remaining major city dailies in the United States independently operated and owned by a local family. The Seattle Times Company, while owning and operating the Times owns three other papers in Washington, owned several newspapers in Maine that were sold to MaineToday Media; the McClatchy Company owns 49.5 percent of voting common stock in the Seattle Times Company held by Knight Ridder until 2006. The Times reporting has received 10 Pulitzer Prizes, most for its breaking news coverage of the 2014 landslide that killed 43 people in Oso, Wash, it has an international reputation for its investigative journalism, in particular. In April 2012, investigative reporters Michael Berens and Ken Armstrong won the Pulitzer Prize for Investigative Reporting for a series documenting more than 2,000 deaths caused by the state of Washington's use of methadone as a recommended painkiller in state-supported care.
In April 2010, the Times staff won the Pulitzer Prize for Breaking News Reporting for its coverage, in print and online, of the shooting deaths of four police officers in a Lakewood coffee house and the 40-hour manhunt for the suspect. In February 2002, The Seattle Times ran a subheadline "American outshines Kwan, Slutskaya in skating surprise" after Sarah Hughes won the gold medal at the 2002 Olympics. Many Asian Americans felt insulted by the Times' actions, because Michelle Kwan is American. Asian American community leaders criticized the subheadline as perpetuating a stereotype that people of color can never be American; the incident echoed a similar incident that happened with an MSNBC article during the Winter games in 1998, reported on by Times. The newspaper's Executive Editor at the time of the controversy, Mike Fancher, issued an apology in the aftermath of the controversial headline. On October 17, 2012, the publishers of The Seattle Times launched advertising campaigns in support of Republican gubernatorial candidate Rob McKenna and a state referendum to legalize same-sex marriage.
The newspaper's management said the ads were aimed at "demonstrating how effective advertising with The Times can be." The advertisements in favor of McKenna represent an $80,000 independent expenditure, making the newspaper the third largest contributor to his campaign. More than 100 staffers signed a letter of protest sent to Seattle Times Publisher Frank Blethen, calling it an "unprecedented act". From 1983 to 2009, the Times and Seattle's other major paper, the Hearst-owned Seattle Post-Intelligencer, were run under a "Joint Operating Agreement" whereby advertising, production and circulation were controlled by the Times for both papers; the two papers maintained their own identities with separate editorial departments. The Times announced its intention to cancel the Joint Operating Agreement in 2003, citing a clause in the JOA contract that three consecutive years of losses allowed it to pull out of the agreement. Hearst sued, arguing that a force majeure clause prevented the Times from claiming losses as reason to end the JOA when they result from extraordinary events.
While a district judge ruled in Hearst's favor, the Times won on appeal, including a unanimous decision from the Washington State Supreme Court on June 30, 2005. Hearst continued to argue that the Times fabricated its loss in 2002; the two papers announced an end to their dispute on April 16, 2007. This arrangement JOA was terminated; the Times contains different sections every day. Each daily edition includes Main News & Business, a NW section for the day and any other sections listed below. Friday: NW Autos. For decades, the broadsheet page width of the Times was 13 1⁄2 inches, printed from a 54-inch web, the four-page width of a roll of newsprint. Following changing industry standards, the width of the page was reduced in 2005 by 1 inch, to 12 1⁄2 inches, now a 50-inch web standard. In February 2009, the web size was further reduced to 46 inches, which narrowed the page by another inch to 11 1⁄2 inches in width; the Times'