Skagit River Journal
(Howard Stumpranch) Howard Royal and his family's Birdsview Stump Ranch
of History & Folklore
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(South view on Metcalf street 1916)
  •       The photo above is from the The mother of all snows: 1916 feature. Here we look south on Metcalf Street in Sedro-Woolley sometime during the great 1916 snowstorm. Snow drifted as high as five feet in some areas. Note that the cluster lights were installed by then, the ones that inspired the present cluster lights on Woolley streets. These photos were taken by Frank LaRoche, a famed Sedro-Woolley photographer who had his office in the Schneider building at the near right. Parts of the county were cut off from the outside world for up to a month. We are moving all our original "" features like this one to our new domain. This story will soon be changed to this address. If neither file connects, please email us.

  • Also see the portal for story links of the Skagit River, fishing etc.

    Genealogy resources, countywide
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    1870s Skagit Valley
    See the new Fishing and Hunting Portal Section with links to such stories on the site

    Illustrated History of Skagit & Snohomish Counties transcriptions
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    Liquor in frontier Skagit County
    Pioneers who lived in various parts of the county

    County History
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          Janine M. Bork, who lives in Wallowa county, Oregon, scanned and transcribed many chapters of a fascinating early history, History of the Pacific Northwest: Oregon and Washington, Volume II, which was published by the North Pacific History Company of Portland, Oregon in 1889. It is a very valuable source for profiles of towns and pioneers in Washington Territory before statehood.

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