The Definition of Snohomish

"Indians named rivers and areas after their own tribes. The dominant tribe in this county was the Snohomish, the Indians spelling it 'Sdoh-doh-hohbsh.' Although many historians debate the meaning or claim it had none, Chief William Shelton, last of the hereditary Snohomish chiefs, said it meant lowland people. Other students of Indian lore say it might mean 'a style of union among them' of 'the braves'. Other sources claim the name means 'Sleeping Waters'. Still other spellings have given Sdohobich."

River Reflections, Snohomish City - 1859-1910,
Snohomish Historical Society (Snohomish, Washington, 1975), 73.

League of Snohomish County Heritage Organizations

The league coordinates heritage organizations in Snohomish County for mutual assistance through workshops and conferences, sharing of technical information, a quarterly newsletter, an awards program, and the organization of countywide heritage projects.

Snohomish County Historic Preservation Commission

The nine-member Snohomish County Historic Preservation Commission is appointed by the county executive and approved by the county council. The commission is charged with identifying, evaluating and encouraging preservation of local historic sites and structures. The commission reviews proposed changes to such sites and structures and issue certificates of appropriateness or waivers, depending on the proposed changes. The commission also reviews applications for Special Tax Valuation, and develops public education and recognition programs to encourages preservation.

Snohomish County Historic Preservation and Cultural Resources

Snohomish County's Department of Planning and Development Services recognizes the need to preserve archaeological sites, historic sites, buildings, structures, and objects. The department offers information, professional references, and a reference library regarding historic preservation and cultural resources.

U.S.S. Snohomish County (LST-1126)

The U.S.S. Snohomish County (PDF) served the United States Navy with distinction for 25 continuous years; answering the call of duty, completing every task ever ordered, every time. She proudly served in peacetime and through three wars: World War II, Korea, and Vietnam.

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