After the Christmas parade on Saturday afternoon, I got ready to head up to Seattle for the night. To get off the island, you take a ferry from Clinton to Mukilteo. These are just a few photos from Mukilteo down around the ferry launch.
Some information about Mukilteo: With a population just over 20,000, Mukilteo is one of Seattle's most affluent bedroom communities. Median income is nearly $84,000/yr. Most of the boom came in the 1980s and 1990s, when the city annexed 1.2 square miles along the Mukilteo speedway for development. Population grew from less than 1,000 to more than 4,000. In 1991, a second annexation doubled the size of the city and increased the population to 10,000.
Historically, Mukilteo is the point where Gov. Isaac Stevens and the chiefs of 22 tribes from across Puget Sound signed the Point Elliott Treaty in 1855. For many decades, the settlement was a fishing village, trading post, and port-of-entry. Today, the Washington State Ferry shuttles 3 million people per year back and forth across the sound. There are plans in the works for an additional ferry line to the east of the current line.
Mukilteo is also home to a light station, just west of the ferry building. Mukilteo Light Station was built in 1906 and has a Fourth Order Fresnel lens that has a range of 12 nautical miles. Of the 26 lighthouses in Washington, only six remain open to the public. This is one of them.
Today's entries are part of SkyWatch Friday.
Tomorrow's entry will be When Bloggers Meet: Seattle and will feature pictures I shot while hanging out with Seattle-based blogger, Maya of Maya Photography.
Photo copyright: D.C. Confidential, 12/08