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New book brings Pioneer Cemetery to life


August 16, 2017

Margaret Robe Summit stands in Pioneer Cemetery among headstones Monday, Aug. 14. Her research is the basis of a new booklet on the lives of those buried in the Mukilteo cemetery. It’s available for purchase through the Mukilteo Historical Society. To request a copy, send an email to, or visit the Mukilteo Light Station gift shop at Mukilteo’s Lighthouse Park on weekends.

Visitors of Mukilteo’s Pioneer Cemetery initially find themselves basking in the site’s serenity, tucked into a quiet residential neighborhood atop a steep bluff overlooking Possession Sound and Whidbey Island.

Inevitably, though, they begin to wander from headstone to headstone, wondering about the lives of the people buried below their feet. Margaret Robe Summit wondered the same thing when she first visited the cemetery in 2010.

“When I came into the Mukilteo Historical Society, I recognized there needed to be more research done on these pioneers because a lot of information had...

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