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Snohomish County has many local historical societies, museums, genealogical societies, and special interest organization who can help you research any aspect of the history of the county and its businesses, residents, politics, and many other subjects. This page contains links to the Web sites of many of these resources.

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Snohomish County Libraries, Museums, and Societies

Alderwood Manor Heritage Assn. & Heritage Park Darrington Historical Society, PO Box 1130, Darrington, WA 98241
Edmonds Historical Museum League of Snohomish County Heritage
Historic Everett Marysville Historical Society
Monroe Historical Society and Museum Monte Cristo Preservation Association
Mukilteo Historical Society Seattle's Museum of History and Industry
Northwest Room, Everett Public Library Skykomish Historical Society
Snohomish Historical Society & Blackman Museum Stanwood Area History Museum & D.O. Pearson House
Stillaguamish Valley Pioneers & Museum Arlington, WA Western Heritage Center at Monroe Fairgrounds

Genealogy Resources

Snohomish County Cemeteries

Sno-Isle Genealogical Society

Stillaguamish Valley Genealogical Society

Towns, Businesses, and Locales

Thumbnail History of Granite Falls -

Thumbnail history of Monte Cristo -

Monte Cristo platted to build town -

Ashe Brothers City Cyclery -

Big Four Inn, from University of Washington digital collection of Washington State Localities

Fire destroys Big Four Inn -

Charles and Enid Nordlund Collection - images, materials and oral histories related to history of Monte Cristo and the North Cascades area. University of Washington Special Collections.

Monte Cristo Photograph Collection - circa 1920, University of Washington Special Collections

Phillip Woodhouse papers - Woodhouse did extensive research and publishing on Monte Cristo. Collection covers period 1892 to 1913. University of Washington Special collections.

Heavy Flooding closes access to Monte Cristo -

History Everywhere: A thumbnail history of growing up in the Robe Valley -

Arts and Culture

Guy Anderson papers - Anderson, one of the most significant NW painters, was a close associate of Kenneth Callahan and during the mid-30's, often spent summers in the Robe Valley.

Kenneth Callahan papers - Kenneth Callahan, an internationally known artist, and his family spent summers in the Robe Valley from the early 1930's until the 1970's. This collection covers 1950-1978. University of Washington Special Collections

Military History

USS Snohomish -Interesting Naval Info

Agricultural History

Sky Valley Antique Tractor Club

Transportation History

Northern Pacific Railway Historical Association

Northern Pacific Railroad Company Pacific Division Records, 1877-1878 -University of Washington Special Collections

Red Bridge Built in 1954 -  History Link Essay 8297

Falls Bridge - Gateway to Mountain Loop -  HistoryLink Essay 8402

Works begins to take Mt. Loop through to Darrington - History Link Essay 8460

The Railroad Washout of 1897 -  HistoryLink Essay 8403

Monte Cristo Isolated by Flood, 1980 -  History Link Essay 8436

Mountain Loop Highway- History Link Essay 8297

Ashe Brothers City Cyclery-  HistoryLink Essay 8530

Industry History

Clark Kinsey photos of Waite Mill  - operations; from University of Washington, digital collection

Clark Kinsey and the Documentation of the Pacific Northwest Logging Industry - from University of Washington, digital collection

Penn Mining Company Photograph Collection- University of Washington Special Collections

Climax Locomotives

Timber Times - logging history/modeling

Northern Pacific Railway Historical Association

First claim staked at Monte Cristo

Shay Locomotives

Photos of Monte Cristo, WA- including mine operations, from University of Washington, digital collection of Washington State Localities.

Monte Cristo Mining Company papers- 1892 to 1928; offices of Colby and Holt, New York. University of Washington Special Collections.

Pacific Northwest Loggers Association Records 1917-1962- University of Washington Special Collections


All HistoryLink Essays for Snohomish County Search results

Online history tour of Mt. Loop Highway by David Cameron and Louise Lindgren.

Big Four Inn burns -  HistoryLink Essay 8543

Chappell Mill - Early lawsuit -  HistoryLink Essay 8471

Dr. Frank Chappell - Early pioneer -  HistoryLink Essay 8495

Granite Falls - Thumbnail history -  HistoryLink Essay 8532

Monte Cristo - Thumbnail history -  HistoryLink Essay 8404

Robe Valley - Growing up in the 1940s -  HistoryLink Essay 8494

Canyon Creek Lodge - HistoryLink Essay 8510

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