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Delta Neighborhood
self-guided history tour
Everett, Washington

The neighborhood

Welcome to Delta Neighborhood! The boundaries for this neighborhood are: the Snohomish River (thus "Delta" name), Broadway, and 19th St.

Streets Index

Pick a street of interest, and while walking compare the old photographs with today.

Other neighborhood tours
E-W N-S
Belmonte and Bulter Lns Locust, Linden Sts, Balsam, Hawthorne, Pilchuck Path
Donovan Ln, Poplar, Larch Sts
7th St Hemlock and Fir Sts
8th St Broadway
9th St McDougall Ave
10th St Rainier Ave
11th St Virginia Ave
12th St Baker Ave
13th St Fulton St
14th St Cedar St
15th St Pine St
16th St Maple St
17th St Walnut St
18th St Chestnut St
19th St State St
Highland, Cleveland Ave
Summit Ave
E Grand
E Marine View Dr
Winter St Ave
Pilchuck Path

8th St

8th Street District

Everett designated the eastern block of 8th St a historical district in 1994. Weyerhauser built these houses for their millworkers in 1916.

10th St

Wiggums Hollow Park

A park was proposed here as early as August 11, 1972 per the Everett Herald. The Herald reported on April 3, 2002 that the area was saved from development. The informal park became an official city park. Per the Herald: "Wiggums Hollow Park was named in honor of Arnold Wiggum, a former principal of Everett's Hawthorne Elementary School. His sister, the late Margaret Wiggum Groening, was the mother of Matt Groening, creator of "The Simpsons" -- and the inspiration for blue-haired Marge." Wiggum's Hollow Skate Park opened in 2008. Labyrinth: (history needed).

15th St

16th St

Fire Station No. 2

July 16, 1970. Jack O'Donnell collection

18th St

Henry M. Jackson Park

Originally called Riverdale Park, the land was sold by the Everett Improvement Co. to the city in March 1917 for $10,000. Six-year old Charles Dana True won the contest to name the park. By 1924 work had begun on improvements and it became a tourist camp for the next four years. The Works Progress Administration built the baseball diamond in 1938-40. In the late 1970s, restrooms, playground and two softball fields were added. It was named later for Senator Henry M. Jackson, presidential candidate and Everett's favorite son.

19th St

Poplar

Hawthorne Elementary School (1952)

Architect: Harold W. Hall. Builder: Newland Construction Co.

Named for novelist Nathaniel Hawthorne (1804-64), this $360,000 school replaced the Baker Heights Elementary School. First principal was Dorothea Carr. Additions in 1964 and the 1990s increased its size.

Baker Heights Elementary School (1943-52)

This school was opened during war time in the federal housing project. The "temporary" wooden structures lasted until about 2020 though. Teaching was a challenge with fathers gone and mothers alone with their children. Each room was heated by a single coal stove, and the bathrooms were chilly.

Broadway

Snohomish River Bridge (1927)

The railroad bridge across the Snohomish river Delta was built early, but roads to Marysville involved crossing the Everett Ave bridge, then wrapping around Sunnyside to Marysville. A new route was intended as a short cut north, and labeled as state route 1 in 1923, then US Route 99 by 1926. (In 1971 this was labeled state route 529).

With several bridges across the delta finished, the road opened in 1927, considerably shortening the distance between the two cities. Sam Hill, the road pioneer (and son-in-law of James J. Hill, of the Great Northern Railroad), spoke at the opening ceremony, along with Governor Roland Hartley, Everett Mayor J.H. Smith and Marysville Mayor Alex Lark. The bridge has a vertical lift-draw section.

By 1950, the bridge was one of the worst bottlenecks in the state. The southbound bridge was added. By 1960s there was again a big bottleneck, and I-5 helped that considerably (for some years anyway). Jack O'Donnell collection

10th and Broadway Looking south, 1938. Everett Museum of History collection Late 1940s. Jack O'Donnell collection Late 1940s. Jack O'Donnell collection
1400 block of Broadway Traffic jam on Oct 20, 1954. Jack O'Donnell collection

Ray's Drive-in (1962)

Ray and Ruby Campbell bought a house at this site, and tore it down to build this restaurant. They opened their drive-in in April, 1962. The usual burger, fries and shake was 80 cents. In 1975, their daughter Debbie took over while Ray and Ruby enjoyed living in Arizona. Later, grandsons Jeff and scott Doleshel managed the business. Ray passed away the day after Christmas, 2014, Ruby five years previously. Remodeled in 2020. See also Herald article.

Safeway (1955-71, 1971)

New building plans, July 22, 1970. Jack O'Donnell collection
There have been three Safeway stores in a two block area. The first was on 19th and Broadway. Second store grand opening Aug. 17, 1955 at 1715 Broadway. It's very tall sign could be seen from a couple miles away on south Broadway. 1732 McDougall and 2113 18th next door were left on the southeast corner of the block, possibly holdouts. Third, just 15 years later, is the present store. That expanded store gobbled up the area where the two houses were.

McDougall

Rainier

Virginia

Baker

Fulton

Pine

Donovan Lane

Donovan Lane homes

These homes are some of about 160 homes that Developer Edward Donovan and his partner R.C. Allen built in Everett during the 1920s, about half of which were located on Lombard, Oakes and Rockefeller between 13th and 15th. They were saved, thanks to Steve Hager, and moved to Donovan Lane in 2006 to allow expansion of Providence Hospital. See the Herald article for more on the story.

Maple St

Walnut St

Chestnut St

Cleveland Ave

East Grand Ave

East Marine View Dr

Smelter site

A 1910 postcard, sent to Burlington. Steve Fox collection
A 1914 postcard, sent to Coupeville. Steve Fox collection

A smelter was constructed starting in 1892 to process ore from the Monte Cristo area mines and other local mines. By May, 1892 work had started in the city promoted as the "City of Smokestacks". For a few years, gold and silver ores were roasted, driving off the contaminants of arsenic and sulphur.

The Guggenheims, who had made millions making clothing, bought up numerous smelters throughout the world. Their smelter trust eventually became the American Smelting and Refining Company (ASARCO). They bought this smelter and much of the Monte Cristo mines and railroad in 1903. Unfortunately the railroad was greatly damaged by floods and little was processed until 1907. During that time, ores from South America, Australia, and New Zealand were processed. Since they had another smelter in Tacoma, they closed the Everett smelter in 1910.

In later decades, the danger of the smelter site became better understood. A huge cleanup happened in the early 21st century. See Herald article, one of many stories about this project.

Smelter School

In 1892, the Barge Works School was built for $800 by W. J. Miller. About 8 years later it was moved to this location and was known as the Smelter School. Now apartments with a south-side addition, it still stands.

Pilchuck Path

Folsheim house

This area was just above the Everett Smelter, which operated in the late 19th century. Due to arsenic, the area was condemmed, cleaned up, and rebuilt. These photos show life in the mid-1950s.

End of walking tour

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