Port of Everett
Review and History

The Port of Everett lies at the mouth of the Snohomish River and Port Gardner Bay off Puget Sound in northwestern Washington State in the United States about 45 kilometers north-northeast of the Port of Seattle. The Port of Everett is both a deep-water seaport and the home of the second-biggest marina on the United States' West Coast. In 2000, over 91 thousand people lived in the Port of Everett.

Historically, the Port of Everett economy was based on lumber. However, Everett's biggest employers today are in aerospace, technology, and service industries. Manufacturer Boeing's assembly plant in the Port of Everett makes the 747, 767, 777, and 787 airplanes in a plant in the city.

Port History

The Port of Everett is a relatively new city, first settled by white Americans in 1861 when a handful of cabins were built on the shores of Port Gardner Bay. The village remained small until the late 19th Century.

The Everett Land Company was formed in 1890 in order to build the city of Everett on lands taken from the indigenous Snohomish peoples under the 1855 Treaty of Elliott. Incorporated when the Great Northern Railroad arrived in 1893, mining and railroads were important to the town's infant economy. Ore smelting was soon overshadowed by sawmilling and a new port. Several steamboats bound for the Yukon (Alaska) Gold Rush were built in the Port of Everett.

After the 1907 Bellingham riots, East Indian survivors fled to the Port of Everett. In 1916, the Port of Everett was the scene of armed conflict between the local sheriff and the Industrial Workers of the World (IWW) when IWW members tried to land at the port, and the sheriff's group refused them. Seven people were killed in the skirmish.

The Port of Everett was established in about 1918. Today, the Port of Everett contains a deep-water commercial port and a large marina with more than 2300 slips. The Everett Yacht Club was founded in 1907, although private yachts moored there in 1895.

Today, the port is home to Naval Station Everett, the US Navy's most modern facility, and a Kimberly-Clark paper mill. In 2006, the community began a redevelopment project to transform the northern parts of the waterfront into a business and residential district based at the Gardner Wharf at the Port of Everett.

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