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Everett, Washington is the county seat of Snohomish County. Although there was a settlement in the area as early as 1861, the town was not platted until 1890 by Henry Hewitt and Charles Colby, who had gone on an Alaskan cruise in the summer of 1890 and came up with the idea of founding an industrial city on the banks of the Snohomish River. They bought out some of the earlier settlers, making them part of the Everett Land Company. The town was named in honor of the founder’s son, Everett Colby. The population of this mining community grew due to the railroads as well as industrial shipbuilders, port workers, and other industrial workers. In 1916, this was the location of the Everett Massacre which was led by the local sheriff and the Industrial Workers of the World, who arrived on a steamer and wanted to land. The Sheriff denied permission, and shooting ensured. Numbers are sketchy, but at least IWW members were killed, as were at least two of the sheriff’s mob.

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