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 By Peter Anderson    Opinion

Preserving our maritime history | Muk Revisited

Located at the Mukilteo Light Station, the non-profit Mukilteo Historical Society is a proud steward of our town’s rich maritime history. For thousands of years our area was a... — Updated 4/5/2023

 By Peter Anderson    Opinion

Birth of a City | Muk Revisited

Seventy-five years ago, Mukilteo voters approved a ballot question to incorporate their community as a town. The vote on April 29, 1947, was 220 in favor of incorporation and 137... — Updated 9/7/2022

 By Peter Anderson    Opinion

Smugglers, rumrunners and bootleggers

This year marks the 100th anniversary of the start of National Prohibition as stipulated in the 18th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. The amendment banned the manufacture, sale,... — Updated 8/3/2022

 By Peter Anderson    Opinion

From bookmobile to full-service library | Muk Revisited

Mukilteo's incorporation in 1947 coincided with the very first bookmobile for Snohomish County residents. While it seems that the city's incorporation meant that Mukilteo was no lon... — Updated 4/20/2022

 By Peter Anderson    Opinion

Mukilteo's Ammunition Dock | Muk Revisited

Many Mukilteans will remember the huge pier that projected out into Possession Sound from where our new ferry terminal is now. Some may recall its association with the U.S. Air... — Updated 1/19/2022

 By Peter Anderson    Opinion

Fun and Frolic at Shingle Mill Beach | Muk Revisited

The first question readers might ask is: Where is Shingle Mill Beach? The late Beverly "Bevo" Dudder Ellis answered this question in an article that she wrote for a spring 2003... — Updated 11/24/2021

 By Peter Anderson    Opinion

What and where was Ball's Park? | Muk Revisited

No, it was not a ballpark. It was a wooded retreat area that had picnic tables and small log cabins for rent. Developed in the early 1900s by Hazen and Luella Ball, it was located... — Updated 9/24/2021

 By Peter Anderson    Opinion

Early Saloons & Pool Halls | Muk Revisited

Morris Frost and his business partner, Jacob Fowler, established the first White settlement at Mukilteo in about 1860. Before this, Jacob Fowler had been operating a saloon and... — Updated 7/23/2021

 By Peter Anderson    Opinion

From a bus barn to a watering hole | Muk Revisited

Over the years, the Front Street building we now know as the Diamond Knot Brewery and Alehouse has been home to quite a variety of uses. It was built around 1942 as a storage and... — Updated 4/21/2021

 By Peter Anderson    Opinion

Losvar's Mukilteo Boathouse and Marina | Muk Revisited

Before the condominiums were built at 610 Front St., the property was home to the Losar family's Mukilteo Boathouse and Marina. Family business founder Paul Losvar was born in... — Updated 2/10/2021

 By Peter Anderson    Opinion

Mukilteo Train Mishaps | Muk Revisited

Completion of the Great Northern Railway in 1893 provided our Puget Sound region with an important transportation link to Minneapolis – St. Paul and other cities further east. Bui... — Updated 12/16/2020

 By Peter Anderson    Opinion

Victor McConnell's Service Station | Muk Revisited

This is a story about Victor McConnell, who arrived in Mukilteo about 1900 and built a facility on Front Street for servicing boats and motors. He should not be confused with... — Updated 10/28/2020

 By Peter Anderson    Opinion

Our Japanese Cultural Heritage | Muk Revisited

Next month marks the 20th anniversary of the dedication of a monument commemorating the harmonious relationships between early Mukilteo residents and families of Japanese workers... — Updated 6/10/2020

 By Peter Anderson    Opinion

Mukilteo's lumbering legacy | Muk Revisited

When the first permanent settlers arrived in Mukilteo, they were surrounded by an abundant supply of timber that could be used for building materials. Plenty of tall Douglas fir cou... — Updated 4/28/2020

 By Peter Anderson    Opinion

Brennan's Store anchored early Mukilteo

In the early 1900s, Mukilteo kids looking for penny candy or adults looking for tobacco products could always find what they wanted at Brennan's Store. John Brennan had located his... — Updated 2/5/2020

 By Peter Anderson    Opinion

Muk Revisited | Mukilteo's First Doctor

Mukilteo's first resident doctor was Claude E. Chandler. He was born Feb. 19, 1883, in Scopus, Missouri, to parents Harrison S. Chandler and Sarah E. Whitner. Harrison was a... — Updated 1/10/2020

 By Peter Anderson    Opinion

Mukilteo's foghorn l Muk Revisited

Mukilteo's foghorn has a storied past. The lobby area where you now enter our historic lighthouse was once a fog signal building that was full of machinery needed to operate a large... — Updated 11/6/2019

 By Peter Anderson    Opinion

Mukilteo's post office l Muk Revisited

Early mail routes were served by canoe, rowboat, or sailing vessel. When Snohomish County was formed separately from Island County in 1861, a post office was established at Mukilteo... — Updated 9/5/2019


Of dikes, ballgames, and clambakes

Today’s Lighthouse Park parking area was once the home ballfield for the Mukilteo baseball team. Besides competing against visiting teams here, the Mukilteo team had to battle... — Updated 7/31/2019


Our first light keepers l Muk Revisited

When the Mukilteo Lighthouse lamp was first lit on March 1, 1906, keeper Peter N. Christiansen was on site and ready to ensure its steady beacon remained a guiding light for ships e... — Updated 4/3/2019


Big Bang Theory l Muk Revisited

About 6 p.m. on Sept. 17, 1930, Mukilteo’s normal tranquility was shattered by two huge blasts. Besides upsetting the normal tranquility, windows in Mukilteo and Everett were... — Updated 1/9/2019


Early Mukilteo hotels l Muk Revisited

In the late 1800s and early 1900s, visitors to Mukilteo had several choices of where they could stay that are no longer present here. The first of these was Fowler’s Hotel, which... — Updated 11/7/2018 Full story


Before Ivar's

Newcomers to Mukilteo may be unaware of the storied history of the property at 710 Front Street, now known as Ivar’s Mukilteo Landing. Although we have not found ownership... — Updated 8/1/2018


Mukilteo Ferry Tales

Author’s Note: Portions of this article extracted from a “Scenes from the Past” article by Opal McConnell previously published in the “Rosehill News.” Did you know that:... — Updated 6/6/2018


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