Lynnwood, the Snohomish Indian Tribe and Browns Bay


In previous issues, you read about the origins of the city’s name Lynnwood and Lynn O’Beirn, the wife of real estate developer Karl O’Beirn. But when did Lynnwood really start and when?

From the perspective of the United States it was 1855. But years before Americans showed up, the Snohomish Tribe used the area of modern-day Lynnwood for summertime activities, including hunting, fishing, berry gathering, and root cultivation.

There were explorations of Puget Sound by the British years earlier. But when Lewis and Clark (about 1804-6) made their way all the way to present-day Astoria on the Columbia River, things started to change. That American expedition started a steady if not slow migration of Americans to Oregon and Washington. The signing of the Treaty of Point Elliott in 1855 opened the area for American settlement. The Snohomish Tribe were relocated to the Tulalip Reservation, near modern-day Marysville.

Great to know, but how does Lynnwood fit into all of that? Around 1859, just before the start of the Civil War, the area of Browns Bay was surveyed for logging. Logging then began in 1860. All supplies came in by boat as there were no roads at that time. Browns Bay is north of Edmonds in modern-day Meadowdale. Meadowdale is between Meadowdale Beach Park and Southwest County Park on Olympic View Drive north of Edmonds.

The first activity in the Lynnwood area was centered around Browns Bay and Meadowdale. Meadowdale Beach Park is well worth the effort to find and visit. It has a great path to walk down to the beach about 1 mile long through the woods and along a marvelous brook and stream.

Mario Lotmore

Mario Lotmore is originally from The Bahamas and for the last seven years has called Mukilteo, WA his home. Having lived in every region of the United States has exposed him to various cultures, people, and approaches to life. Lotmore created the Lynnwood Times to represent the character of a diverse and growing Lynnwood. The launching of the city’s community newspaper will only help bring neighborhoods together. Lotmore was an industrial engineer by trade and proven success implementing and managing lean accountable processes and policies within his eighteen years of operations excellence, strategic development, and project management in the aerospace, manufacturing, and banking industries. Over his career he has saved and created hundreds of union and non-union jobs. Lotmore is the President of a Homeowner Association, an active Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics volunteer in his community, and former Boeing 747 Diversity Council leader. Mario’s talent is finding “that recipe” of shared destiny to effectively improve the quality of life for others.

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