Everett, Washington is the sixth largest city in Washington State with a population 101,100 as of April 2006. Located off I-5 about 25 miles north of Seattle, Everett is the county seat of Snohomish County. Once a mill town built on wood-based industries, today's labor force of more than 80,000 is predominately employed in technology, aerospace and service-based industries.
Everett is the home of the main plant for Boeing at Paine AirField. Boeing planes (747,767,777,787) are produced in the largest building by volumn in the world, and tours are available. Everett is also home to the second largest marina on the west coast, The Port of Everett in Port Gardner Bay. The Port is one day closer to Asia than the California ports. Naval Station Everett is base to seven ships, including the aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln. Other major Everett employers include: Providence General Medical Center, Verizon (telecommunications), Kimberly-Clark Corp, Intermec (bar code manufacturing), Fluke Corporation (electronic testing equipment).
The Everett School District and Mukilteo School District serve Everett's K-12 students. Everett Community College, Edmonds Community College, Puget Sound Christian College and Henry Cogswell College provide higher education in the area. University Center at Everett Station offers upper level classes from several state universities.
In 1892, Henry Hewitt along with Charles Colby and Colgate Hoyt founded the Everett Land Company for the purpose of building the city of Everett, named after the son of Charles Colby, on some of the land surrendered by its original inhabitants under the 1855 Treaty of Point Elliott.
Everett was officially incorporated on May 4, 1893 the year the Great Northern Railroad came to the town. Everett hoped that James Hill would make the town the terminus of his railroad. However Hill continued the railroad along the shore of Puget Sound to Seattle. Everett was the place where several survivors of the Bellingham riots settled, until they were beaten and forcefully evicted by a mob on November 5, 1907. Everett also was the site of the Everett Massacre of 1916 which was an armed confrontation between a mob led by local Sheriff Donald McRae and IWW members. The IWW members were on the steamer Verona and sought to land, but Sheriff McRae denied them his permission. Shooting broke out and at least five IWW's were killed and two in the Sheriff's mob were killed.
Everett streets are named after each of the three founders. Colby Avenue and Hoyt Avenue run parallel north and south and are intersected by Hewitt Avenue running east to west.