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Mill Town Trail helps honor city’s 125th

EVERETT — A historic trail is receiving an official name and potential future overhaul just in time for the official 125th anniversary of the city. 
The Mill Town Trail stretches from East Grand Avenue, around the peninsula, and ends near Forgotten Creek Trail on Bond Street. It will be presented in a ceremony June 2 by the Historic Everett nonprofit group in conjunction with the Port of Everett.
Those interested should meet at 10 a.m. in the Blue Heron Room in the Port of Everett building upstairs from Scuttlebutt Brewing, 1205 Craftsman Way,
The name change was initially brought up in 2014 by members of Historic Everett who saw an opportunity to bring history to an existing trail. The name originates from when Everett was known as “Mill Town” because it was one of the largest cedar shingle mill towns in the world in the late 1800s. The name was re-popularized by Norman H. Clark who published a book in 1970 on Everett’s history titled “Mill Town.” 
“If you show them the map, most people in the community will say, ‘hey, I know where that is, I walk on it all the time,’” said Everett Historic Commission member Dave Ramstad. “We all agreed that the trail was a big resource not being utilized. We think it is a great way to educate the public on the history of Everett and to hopefully bring some visitors.” 
Historic Everett hopes the Mill Town Trail will bring interest to the history of Everett. The presentation on June 2 will be led by local historian Jack O’Donnell for a waterfront history overview before heading out for a bike ride along the ‘new’ trail at 11 a.m. 
“We are all really excited for this tour,” said Everett Historic President David Chrisman. “The waterfront in particular has such a rich history that deserves to be told. We hope the community gets a lot out of it.”
While the only real additions to the trail thus far are signs acknowledging the name change and guided maps showing where to go, there are future plans to connect the Mill Town Trail to the Interurban, River and Centennial trails using directional signs and markers for the connections. There are also preliminary plans to put up plaques along the trail which will educate walkers on historical landmarks. 
“We have a lot of ideas for the future of the trail,” said Ramstad. “But for now we are just happy that it has a name and markers.” 
The event is one of many city tours put on this year by Historic Everett and the Port of Everett, which are now in their second year of partnership. The Port of Everett is celebrating its centennial year and the city is turning 125. The two groups believe that educating the public on Everett’s heritage will encourage residents to explore and non-residents to visit. 
“We are trying to showcase Everett as a city with a rich history of art, architecture and culture,” Chrisman said. “We want people to be proud of the city they live in and for Everett’s economy to continue to grow and flourish.”
For more information visit www.historiceverett.org

City celebration June 2
The city is celebrating its 125th anniversary with an event at Everett Station (3201 Smith Ave.) Saturday, June 2 from 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.
At the event, learn about the many departments that make the city work.
The city says there will be family-friendly activities, photo booths, face painting, historical tours, adoptable animals (including kittens!, crafts, food trucks, music and more.

  

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