Platted in 1898, 100-acre Evergreen Cemetery has long been regarded as a local heritage resource of substantial value, not only as the final resting place of numerous prominent citizens, but also as a remarkable landscape comprised of century-old plantings and state champion trees.
50,000 men, women, and children are buried in Evergreen Cemetery. Their stories and lives are a vital part the colorful heritage and history of Everett. Of the thousands interred, Evergreen Cemetary counts a victim of the 1916 Everett Massacre and several victims of the 1910 Wellington Avalanche Disaster among its numbers. Of equal importance are the scores of regular citizens buried within—teachers, photographers, saloon owners, doctors, bankers—who made valuable contributions to the Everett community.
Also of interest are the burials of individuals who connect Everett to historic events on a national scale. Approximately 150 veterans of the American Civil War, four governors (from Washington, Minnesota, and the Dakota Territories), two United States Senators, and the great-great-great grandmother of President Barack Obama call Evergreen their final resting place.
In October 2008, Northwest History Specialist David Dilgard recorded a walking tour of 52 sites and stories in Evergreen Cemetery. This recording is available in three ways: in this digital collection; from the Everett Public Library podcast collection; and on an audio CD in the library's catalog. A numbered map may also be downloaded from our website to accompany the tour. Images in this collection that correspond with a site on the recorded tour are marked.
This digital collection and podcast tour are not meant to replace the experience of touring the cemetery in person. Rather, these digital items are intended to enhance the experience of exploring Evergreen Cemetery’s many memorials and botanical features. They are intended as an introduction to the lives and stories associated with those interred there.
A written guide to the people and stories of Evergreen Cemetery is also available through in the related links above. This document should be considered a work in progress, as burials and new stories are frequently discovered and added to this list.
Evergreen Cemetery is located at 4505 Broadway, in Everett, Washington. When visiting this or any cemetery, please follow these basic rules of etiquette:
- Take only photos, leave only footprints.
- Do not touch memorials or artifacts; they are privately-owned outdoor sculptures.
- Do not bring alcohol, firearms, or entertainment items into cemeteries.
- Show respect for the dead and those who have come to mourn them.
- Maintain supervision of children and teach them to respect the dead.
- Keep pets under control and clean up after them.
- Do not litter; this includes cigarette butts.
- Do not interfere with the plants or wildlife that inhabit the cemetery.
- Keep your vehicle on designated roadways or in parking areas.
- Stay on designated walkways or footpaths.
- Obey posted times of operation. Do not trespass.
- Promptly report suspicious activities or vandalism to cemetery management or local authorities.