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Skagit River Journal

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Covers from British Columbia to Puget Sound. Counties covered: Skagit, Whatcom, Island, San Juan, Snohomish & BC. An evolving history dedicated to committing random acts of historical kindness
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Home of the Tarheel Stomp (bullet) Mortimer Cook slept here & named the town Bug

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Maps for your education and pleasure

      Hare are some maps that will help you locate different locations mentioned in Journal stories. And some more that are just fascinating.

Where we are located, northwest Washington state (Home Page)
      Following the link from our home page, this is an interactive Northwest Washington, courtesy of Mapquest; or another interactive page via Google. You can zoom in and out, to see both the big picture and down to street level.

1895 Atlas, U.S., Washington state, Skagit County
(Skagit 1895)
A small sample of the Rietsch 1895 Atlas. Click on photo for her pages.

      This is just plain an amazing project by a selfless person who has spent hundreds of hours scanning and sharing maps, indexes, tables of details, etc. about rural towns in every state of the U.S. I first found Pam Rietsch on the Internet in about 1998-99. She lives in Michigan, but she has shared a research that every serious researcher will find a godsend. Please click the email button and thank her for her efforts. You can navigate back and forth between hundreds of pages.

Skagit River Basin

Earliest Washington maps
      Washington State University's Digital Collection of maps of early Washington Territory and state

Land ownership maps
      State, Provincial, and County Atlases and County Landownership Maps of the United States and Canada

(Cascade River mining)
Cascade River Mining Claims, courtesy of the National Park Service. See links there to dozens more historical maps and research of the North Cascades.

Mining maps, Washington state

Railway maps 1890s
      Railway maps of Washington state and British Columbia in the 1890s, courtesy of our favorite BC source and ace researcher Neil Roughley

Northwest Skagit and southwest Whatcom counties
      Map of Blanchard, Samish Island, Chuckanut Mountain

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Story posted on July 7, 2006, last updated Dec. 12, 2007 . . . Please report any broken links so we can update them

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