Washington State

History Mystery Update!

In our History Mystery postI shared photos and thoughts about a boat I saw in our local boatyard, then posed questions about where our readers might look for answers about the boat's history online, as an exercise in research.

My own next step was to head to the local marina office which manages the yard where the boat was stored to look for answers. Before I got a chance, an article appeared in the Port of Everett’s marina newsletter, and our mystery was solved.

The Pt. Defiance is a 60 foot wooden-hulled purse seiner, built 100 years ago. It sank here at the Port of Everett in October, 2014. Following the story further, I found connection to our very first blog post, History in Your Neighborhood, highlighting the Everett waterfront's history.

Visit the Historic Everett waterfront site for more information about the vibrant lumber, commercial fishing, and boatbuilding history of Everett, Washington, including the history of the Pt. Defiance and her captains, Vince and Butch Barcott.

You can also find an overview and timeline of each of these industries on the site.
Check it out!

History in Your Neighborhood

When you’re out with family and friends, do you ever see signs like these?


Sometimes I drive my husband crazy on our walks, because I love to stop and read almost every sign we come across on a trail, whether we’re in the city or in a quiet neighborhood.


History is everywhere, and I’m so happy that communities share some of it with us by telling these stories along the trail. This one, for instance… Look at this guy. What happened to him?!?

I walk around the marina in Everett, Washington quite often, and when I saw these new signs, I just had to pause and read about the man missing so many fingers. It was so interesting that I read all the other signs too, and boy, did I learn a bunch!

I wanted to find out more. After I got home, I did a little research using the information on the sign to help my search, and here is what I discovered. This is part of The Port of Everett History Hunt, designed by the Everett Waterfront Historical Interpretive ProgramYou can download this cool activity and share it with others, too.

The Port has recently opened up miles of new trails to explore, and with this map to guide me, I’m sure I’ll be heading out soon to discover more history in my neighborhood!