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!