Mukilteo Washington Culture
As a guest at the Silvercloud Inn in Mukilteo, I discovered that this small coastal town is a mix of history and modernity, making it a perfect destination for a day trip to the Puget Sound region. Mount Rainier, located less than 60 miles south of Seattle, is an iconic Seattle location from which the physical geography of the journey begins. It is also home to one of Washington's oldest tribes, the Tulalip Tribes, a group of Indians who now identify as members of their tribal government. They are the descendants of Treaty Point Elliott, who jointly agreed to cede ancestral land and move their tribal homes to a "Tulalips Federal Reserve."
While the Kiowa and Comanche Indian tribes shared areas in the southern plains, the American Indians in the northwestern and southeastern territories were limited to their Indian territory in what is now Oklahoma. By making the indigenous people wards of government, Congress concluded that it would be easier to make them a widely recognized part of their country. Reformers believed that the system of pushing them into reserves was too harsh, while industrialists, concerned about property and resources, looked the other way to guarantee their survival. American groups experienced adversity as an influx of immigrants to Western countries already occupied by various groups of Indians.
By the 1880s, Snohomish County had also gained its first white settlers, and by that time Washington was still a very large territory. In 1881, after being designated an independent county, it was given its first "white camp."
Mukilteo is located on Whidbey Island and has become a major trading location for the logging business, as it offers easy access to Puget Sound and other parts of the Pacific Northwest. The few workers who lived in the Japanese canyon were employed by the "MukilTEo Lumber Company," which was later renamed the Crown Lumbers Company. Japanese workers were, despite the name, the main workers in the construction industry, as in many other industries. Ferry service was maintained until 1951, when the company was bought by Washington State Ferries.
Mukilteo was clad in the railroad's awaiting, and was a city that was considered the terminus of the Great North, but lost to Tacoma in 1873. Tulalip, at the mouth of the Snohomish River, was originally intended to house an agricultural and industrial school for Indian children, as well as a post office and a grocery store. It was said to have been home to a large number of agricultural, industrial schools, each of which had the capacity to teach thousands of Indian children. But it became a center for logging, mining, woodworking and other industrial activities in the Puget Sound region.
American style, language, and values were all but extinguished, and the Tulalip Indian School was closed at the end of the 19th century, ending a long tradition of suppressing and almost extinguishing them for many generations. Originally seen as an advantage for the tulle lips and tribes, state schools ultimately served to interrupt the development of their culture and traditions, as well as their cultural identity, and were oppressed for many generations.
The Port of Everett and the Tulalip tribes worked closely with city and state officials to select the best location for the new ferry terminal. In response, the Washington Department of Transportation (WSDOT), which oversees the WSF, requested a somewhat rare step: the geographical and commercial center of Mukilteo would be moved further south toward the Harbour Pointe, leading to cultural clashes between the residents of the old neighborhoods. LMN Architects has worked closely with traditional fishing rights covering the area's coastal waters to integrate environmental protection into the overall approach and to meet the needs of local people and businesses.
Sometimes the federal government recognized Indians as self-governing communities, but sometimes the government tried to force them to give up their cultural identity, let go of their country, and blend into "American" culture. The allotment process led to hostilities between the Indians and the US government, which often ruined the land that was the spiritual and social center of the Indian era.
State Route 525 runs north of Highway 99 in Lynnwood to the Mukilteo Ferry Terminal and south of State Route 520 in Everett. The cost of building seven new carriages slowed the progress of the Everett-MukILTEO road, but the Boeing Freeway, which opened in 1969, connected the newly built Everett Mall with the new Everett-Everett International Airport. The early road ran through Mukilstee and Everett in the 1950s and 1960s, connected by a series of bridges over the Yakima River and Puget Sound River.
The city is also home to the state's ferry system, which connects Mukilteo, Clinton and Whidbey Island. In the 1990s, the Mukilstee-Clinton ferry service was relocated to connect with the new Everett-Everett International Airport (now Boeing Freeway) and the city of Everett.