History Lessons

And Where To Find Them

Snohomish County has 157 years of history under its belt, and you might be surprised at just how interesting of a history it is. It’s cities have tales of logging, mining, railroads, and more to tell. They are tales that have ties to captains of industry like John D. Rockefeller and Andrew Carnegie. More importantly, they are tales full of names that still grace the streets, buildings, and homes found within them.

As was bound to happen, my explorations have brought me up close and personal with such tales time and time again. So much so, that I find myself seeking them out now, not only online, but through books found here and there. Knowing them makes the things we do and see, the cities we visit, have so much more meaning and depth.

My first dive in to history came when I made the decision to make the trek out to Monte Cristo last summer. Given the number of steps it would take to reach and get back from the ghost town, I figured I better do some homework. Luckily for me, Mountain Loop Books and Coffee in Darrington (a fave stop of The SnoCo Kid and I) happened to have just the book I needed.

While this piece isn’t a book review, I would highly recommend delving into Monte Cristo’s history if you are at all interested in the mining and railroad history of the county, or in the history of the City of Everett, as the two cities are closely tied together.

Enough about that though. What this piece is about, is places where you can pick up some history books of your own. While there is always online shopping, some obvious places to start are local history museums and bookstores. They are more likely to carry such books, particularly ones written by local authors (bonus).

P.S.. Many local history museums also feature historical photos online, if you are more into pictures than words.

Here are a few local spots to get you started:

> Artisans Mercantile in Snohomish has carries a selection of photograph based books on cities like Snohomish, Monroe, Mukilteo, and more
> Ellie & Clarence Gifts in Index carries a written history of the city
> Camano Island Marketplace carries written and photograph based books on the island
> Mountain Loop Books and Coffee carries written histories of Darrington, Monte Cristo, and other locations in the area

Did you know that this article, as well as all of the others featured on our website are part of a monthly magazine. It is all about shopping, eating, drinking, and playing local in Snohomish County. More importantly, it is about the ways that local choices can make your life better. Our monthly magazine is available in both electronic and print form (yes, you read right, print!). As if that wasn’t awesome enough, each issue contains exclusive content that can’t be found on our website or social media accounts. So if you aren’t getting a copy each month you are missing out.

Single issues can be bought HERE and annual subscriptions, which include exclusive giveaways and discounts, can be signed up for HERE. Finally, a limited number of printed copies are available at The Chic Boatique and Artisans Mercantile in Snohomish and Reclaimed Heart in Arlington, Vintage Company No. 7 in Bothell, Dahlia’s Vintage Marketplace on Camano Island, and Rustic Redemption in Granite Falls.

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