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Of dikes, ballgames, and clambakes


Last updated 7/31/2019 at Noon

Mukilteo Light Station and lagoon.

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 frequent flooding of their home field. The area had been a tidal lagoon, and the community built dikes to create a dry space for their beloved team to play. Storms and high tides would sometimes break the dikes, and they frequently needed to be rebuilt or reinforced.

Before dikes (and later, more permanent seawalls) were built, Mukilteo’s downtown was often flooded as far as Park Avenue. Early buildings in the a...

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