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Records provide us with a voluminous trail of documentation detailing events in Everett and the surrounding region, so since this city profile you are reading is meant only as a brief, colorful overview of Everett's development, I strongly urge interested readers to delve more deeply into many, readily available sources for as Paul Harvey would say, “the rest of the story”.
The first non-Indians to sail past Everett in 1592 could have been a Spanish exploration fleet including the ship’s pilot, Juan de Fuca. He was actually Greek by birth, with a given name of Ioánnis Fokás, which translated to Juan de Fuca. Records confirming his sighting of the waters now known as the Strait of Juan de Fuca are conflicting. However, when Capt. Charles Barkley discovered the Strait for himself in 1787, he named it in honor of the man who may have discovered it almost 200 years before.
Then in June of 1792, English Captain George Vancouver landed near Everett and claimed the region for the King of England. The Hudson’s Bay Company exploration of the Snohomish River followed in 1824.
Logging was occurring in the Everett area about the same time Seattle was settled in 1851, and a sawmill was operational in 1853 across Tulalip Bay from Everett. The mill was subsequently abandoned when the treaty of 1855 granted the Tulalip area to the Indians as a reservation.