The Northwest Seattle suburb has gorgeous views of Puget Sound and one of the most charming little business districts you can find. Its ferry terminal provides an easy jump-off point to the San Juan Islands, and with Highway 99 and I-5 nearyby, commuting into the city is a breeze. Today, Edmonds still has that small-town feel while still being one of the most populated cities in the state.
COMMUTE TO DOWNTOWN:
3.5 miles / 11 minutes
Bus 62 or E Line
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The History of Edmonds & Shoreline
The city of Edmonds rests along a shoreline and the hillside beyond about 15 miles north of Seattle. Native Americans of the Snohomish people occupied coastal and river areas surrounding the site, and Euro-American explorers encountered their canoes, but they apparently had no permanent village sites in the immediate locale. Its founding father was George Brackett (1842-1927) (arrived 1876) and in its early decades, Edmonds thrived as a mill town. During the late twentieth century, the city became increasingly urban, while retaining elements of its small-town character.
George Brackett, who is generally recognized as the founder of Edmonds, was born in eastern Canada (probably New Brunswick). Growing up in the logging industry, Brackett came west as a young man and logged at several Western Washington locations while acquiring sufficient funds to buy ox teams and additional equipment. As he rowed along the shore of Puget Sound in search of timber in 1870, he was attracted to a hillside above a marshy area, the eventual Edmonds townsite. In 1876 he purchased 140 acres that stretched a half-mile along the waterfront and up the hill.
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