Snohomish County History
The Definition of Snohomish
"Indians named rivers and areas after their own tribes. The dominant tribe in this county was the Snohomish, the Indians spelling it 'Sdoh-doh-hohbsh.' Although many historians debate the meaning or claim it had none, Chief William Shelton, last of the hereditary Snohomish chiefs, said it meant lowland people. Other students of Indian lore say it might mean 'a style of union among them' of 'the braves'. Other sources claim the name means 'Sleeping Waters'. Still other spellings have given Sdohobich."
River Reflections, Snohomish City - 1859-1910,
Snohomish Historical Society (Snohomish, Washington, 1975), 73.
By Dr. David Cameron
The League coordinates heritage organizations in Snohomish County for mutual assistance through workshops and conferences, sharing of technical information, a quarterly newsletter, an awards program and the organization of countywide heritage projects.
The nine-member Snohomish County Historic Preservation Commission is appointed by the County Executive and approved by the County Council. The Commission is charged with identifying, evaluating and encouraging preservation of local historic sites and structures. The Commission reviews proposed changes to such sites and structures and issue certificates of appropriateness or waivers, depending on the proposed changes. The Commission also reviews applications for Special Tax Valuation, and develops public education and recognition programs to encourages preservation.
Snohomish County's Department of Planning and Development Services recognizes the need to preserve archaeological sites, historic sites, buildings, structures and objects. The Department offers information, professional references, and a reference library regarding historic preservation and cultural resources.
Direct links to major museums in Snohomish County.
The U.S.S. Snohomish County served the United States Navy with distinction for 25 continuous years; answering the call of duty, completing every task ever ordered, every time. She proudly served in peacetime and through three wars: World War II, Korea & Vietnam.
Everett History Resources
The Everett Public Library's Northwest Room offers an extensive collection on local history, including the 1916 Everett Massacre.
"In their heyday in the first third of the 20th century, electric rail systems, called "interurbans," flourished all over the United States ..."
Regional History Resources