For over a century, Everett, Washington has experienced its share of ebbs and flows. The economic booms have risen and fallen just as the tides have on Port Gardner Bay. From its early beginnings as a mill town to today’s focus on aero-innovation, Everett has built a national reputation, a strong community and an unwavering commitment to the town of tomorrow.
With the vision of John D. Rockefeller and other Eastern capitalists, Everett came into its own in the early 1890s as a planned industrial city. The initial growth was astounding – a few dozen in 1890 to several thousand only a few years later. As the “mill town” flourished with the rest of the nation throughout the 1920s, significant additions to Downtown came into play – most notably the Monte Cristo Hotel, located on 1507 Wall Street. The intricate brick hotel became a center for civic, social and cultural functions. While its use has changed throughout the years its quality has inspired the Monte Cristo Awards – recognizing neighbors who help make Everett special by taking pride in their property.
World War II brought a large naval shipyard along the Everett Bay front bringing more than 6,000 employees to the area. Several buildings became home to workers constructing parts for the Boeing airplanes being used in the war. This was the beginning of a dominant Everett industry that would bring jobs, infrastructure, and freeway expansions and development.
In the mid 1960s, the population grew to more than 50,000. The interstate freeway between south Everett and Seattle opened in 1965 and ushered in the new commuter age. Downtown Everett was enhanced with a new Seafirst Bank building; a multi-story parking garage across from the Bon Marche, downtown’s biggest department store; and a large annex to the Snohomish County Courthouse.
As Boeing continued to grow, so did the rest of Everett. In the 1990s, the completed navy base became the home port for the U.S.S. Lincoln aircraft carrier and significant development was underway in Downtown Everett. The 14-story Everett Mutual Tower and the Colby Center would support financial institutions and other professional offices while just a short while later Everett Station combined transportation facilities together and the Everett Events Center was completed, taking up residence in two full city blocks along Hewitt Avenue.
Today, Everett’s population has reached over 100,000, the city is poised for more growth and positive steps are being taken in thoughtful development throughout the city.