Settlement of the Everett area by European descendants started in 1861, 6 years after the Treaty of Point Elliot when the land was surrendered to the United States by it’s original inhabitants. The first permanent settler was Dennis Brigham, who built a cabin on a 160-acre claim on the shore of Port Gardner Bay. Over the next several years a few other settlers moved to the area, but it wasn’t until 1890 that plans for a town were conceived.
On July 17, 1890, initial plans for an industrial city on the peninsula along the banks of the Snohomish river were formulated. On May 4, 1893, the year the Great Northern Railway came to the area, Everett was officially incorporated. The founders hoped the city would be the terminus for the Railway, but it continued on to the city of Seattle, making Everett a failure for it’s investors. The founders had succeeded in building a city however, and railroads continued to play a part in Everett’s future. The mining community of Monte Cristo depended on a railway for supplies. It was hoped that the railroad would cross the mountains and bring in traffic. For a while ore was smelted in Everett, then sawmilling and port activity began and many steam riverboats were built in Everett for the Yukon gold rush.
In more recent years, Everett was selected as the site of a U.S. Navy Homeport, Naval Station Everett, in 1984. On January 8, 1997, 5 years after officially opening it’s doors, the naval station welcomed the aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln. The Lincoln is no longer homeported in Everett. It was replaced by the aircraft carrier, USS Nimitz as Everett’s homeported ship.