Granite Falls, Washington

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Granite Falls is a city in Snohomish County, Washington, United States. The population was 2,347 at the 2000 census.

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History

Before the arrival of European settlers, the area that is now Granite Falls was used by Native Americans to portage their canoes between fishing grounds.[3]

The first permanent European settler was Joseph Sous Enas, who staked a homestead claim on land south of the present city.[4] It then became a railroad station on the route between Monte Cristo (now a ghost town) and Everett. The city was officially incorporated on December 21, 1903.[5] He was quickly followed by other homesteaders, benefiting from "the Big Burn," a forest fire that cleared the heavily forested land and made it easier for settlers to stake claims.

By 1896, there were enough residents to petition the state of a school district (Granite Falls District #1) [6]

The finding of gold and other minerals in 1889 in the Cascade Mountains East of Granite Falls was a boon to Granite Falls. Mines needed a railroad and the settlers of Granite Falls stepped up to provide railroad ties cut from the nearby forests, supplies for fortune seeking miners, a doctor, and other necessities. In 1890, a post office was opened and the first commercial establishments opened on what is now South Granite Ave and Pioneer.[7]

The Everett and Monte Cristo Railroad came to town in 1892 from its start in Hartford, WA (near today's Lake Stevens) and through to its terminus at Monte Cristo. Partially funded by John D. Rockefeller and others, the train carried supplies, passengers, and ore up and down the Stilly Valley. [8]

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