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Ups and downs in the story of Paine Field l Muk Revisited


Last updated 6/5/2019 at Noon

Topliff Olin Paine

Military base or county airport?

Paine Field Airport began as an airport for Snohomish County in 1936. It was a part of the federal effort by the Works Progress Administration (WPA) to combat unemployment during the Great Depression by building 10 “super airports” around the country.

Located on unincorporated county land between Mukilteo and Everett, the site was initially selected because the area was so unpopulated and relatively free of fog.

Initially, 640 acres were purchased from the timber interests of Merrill Ring Logging, and Pope and Talbot. By the time the airport was compl...

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