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FEATURE NEWS

SNOHOMISH PLANS 150 YEAR CENTENNIAL CELEBRATION
September 10, 2008




City of Snohomish 150 year centennial logo
(SNOHOMISH, WA) -- Organizers of the 150th anniversary celebration of the founding of the city of Snohomish are selling commemorative brass coins to raise money to stage anniversary events next year.

Each coin will sell for $10.85 including taxes. The coins, in gold tone, contain scenes that reflect life in and around Snohomish and the Northwest. A set of five coins retails for $54.25 with tax included.

All the commemorative coins have the same design on the front that incorporates the city's logo. On backs are five different designs including a steam engine and steamboat, an automobile, an airplane and a picture of Emory Ferguson, the settler who founded Snohomish. Designs of the coins may be viewed here http://www.ci.snohomish.wa.us/150TH_AnniveraryCelebration.htm

The city of Snohomish traces its modern roots as an American community back to 1859 when white settlers first came up the Snohomish River and built homes on the river’s banks hoping to benefit from a new road that was planned for the area. The road was never built.

Prior the white settler’s arrival the area was home for centuries to members of the Salish tribes of Western Washington who spoke a now nearly extinct language called Lutsosheed.

The language was spoken by many Puget Sound region peoples who lived in the area for perhaps thousands of years, including the Duwamish tribe, the Suquamish, the Squaxin Island Tribe, Nisqually, and Puyallup tribes in the south and the Snohomish, Skagit, and Swinomish tribes in the north.

The tribal spelling of Snohomish is Sdoh-doh-hohbsh, which means "lowland people" according to the last chief of the Snohomish tribe, Chief William Shelton, though there is debate among historians as to the actual meaning.

Currently, the last surviving members of the Snohomish tribe live on the Tulalip reservation, north of Marysville. The last surviving members are having a difficult time getting official status from the United States Government.

Snohomish wasn’t incorporated as a city until 1890 but it did serve as the county seat for Snohomish County for over 35 years before that honor went to Everett in 1897.

Snohomish has established a committee of volunteers to prepare for next year's celebration, according to Debbie Emge, the city's economic development manager. A large reunion for all Snohomish High School classes also is being planned.

The next 150th Celebration Committee meeting will be held at 6:30pm on Tuesday, September 23rd at Snohomish Library Multi-Purpose Room, 311 Maple Ave.

Persons interested in participating in the planning of the celebration can find a volunteer applicaton to download here: http://www.ci.snohomish.wa.us/150TH_AnniveraryCelebration.htm





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