The community is invited to join Snohomish County Executive Aaron Reardon and County Council Chairman Dave Somers for Snohomish County’s Sesquicentennial celebration at 10 a.m., Friday, Jan. 14, at the County Campus Plaza, 3000 Rockefeller, Everett.
Fertile farmland, easy water access and abundant forests attracted settlers, who clustered in the Lowell, Monroe, Stanwood and Edmonds areas in the mid 1800s. As the population grew, local settlers petitioned the territorial legislature to create a separate county.
On January 14, 1861, that petition was granted. Say hello to Snohomish County!
When Washington became a state in 1889, Snohomish was the county’s most well-developed cultural and political center. One hundred and fifty years later, Snohomish County is still a cultural and political center. Aerospace, biotech and clean energy lure more investment – and a rich cultural heritage gives us a reason to celebrate.
As a member of the community, you play an invaluable role in the future of Snohomish County. Join us as we remember the past while looking toward the future.
Friday’s celebration will include an honor guard, singers from the Tulalip Tribes, local historian Christopher Summit as well as cake and ice cream.
To commemorate our Sesquicentennial, the Snohomish County Heritage Preservation Commission has created three posters depicting moments in the history of Snohomish County's cultural heritage during the past 150 years. Each poster shows images from the three chronological 50-year periods from 1861 to 2011.
Also available is a map identifying 80 landmarks that have contributed to the local culture and history. The map is easily downloaded from www.snoco150.net or available with the posters at the event.
For more information about Snohomish County History and other Sesquicentennial events, log onto www.snoco150.net or our Facebook page listed as “Happy Birthday Snohomish County.”