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Skagit County, Washington
Gateway to the North Cascades
Chamber of Commerce.
See this informative site, The Sedro-Woolley Journal of History & Folklore - This site includes history, photos, documents, stories, diaries and first-hand accounts. It covers the period from the 1860s when Skagit County was settled and 1884 when Sedro-Woolley was settled.
Here is a history page for Sedro-Woolley. The following are just a few excerpts from the above history page on Sedro-Woolley.
Mortimer Cook and his family came to the valley in 1884. He bought some land and cleared it, making his home here. He had a general store and a shingle mill and ran the postoffice, being the first postmaster. He desired to name the new town after himself, but found there was already a town by the name of Cook in the Washington Territory. Thanks to his wife, the town is not named "Bug" either. He wanted to commemorate the many mosquitoes there, but was outvoted - by his wife and most of the other residents of the area. Finally, he proposed "Cedra," which is Spanish for cedar. The spelling was changed somehow and changed into Sedro which it remained.
Philip A. Woolley came here in 1890 and settled just north of Sedro. He founded Woolley, named after himself, and lived there until his death. He is buried in the Sedro-Woolley Union Cemetery. Woolley, hurt by major fires in 1891 and 1893, did not grow as rapidly as Sedro, but both struggled during the late 1800's economic woes. A rivalry developed between the two towns, so when merging was proposed, neither town wanted to give up its name. Finally a compromise occurred - the two names were blended. The merging of the two towns came on 19 December 1898 with the incorporation and merging occurring on that date.
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4th of July
Sedro-Woolley's Loggerodeo, the oldest 4th of July celebration in the state, featured in Sunset magazine, capped off on the 4th with the grand parade, which is attended by more than 10,000
always the second weekend of September annually
Celebrates Tarheel heritage, with food, street dances, music and history exhibits at the city museum. Highlight on Saturday is the re-enactment of the famous 1914 Bank Robbery.
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The number of households in Sedro-Woolley was:
1990 - 2,356
2000 - 3,205
(These figures are from the 1990 and 2000 US Census data)