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It was a trading center for Native Americans and the site of the signing of an important Native American treaty called the Point Elliott Treaty. Until 1862 when a post office was established, the place was called Point Elliott. The present name, suggested by J. D. Fowler, the first postmaster, is from the Native American name of the place, Muckl-te-oh, as revised to suit the postal service. Spellings on older maps include Muckilteo, Muckleteo and Muckiltoe.

The city sprawls along the Sound and a salt-water lagoon. Once an active sawmill town, today, since the gutting of the Crown Mill Company plant by fire, little more than the remnants of lumber yards remains as a reminder of the past. Ferries run to Whidbey Island, whose bluffs are visible to the west across Possession Sound.

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Mukilteo Light Station

The Mukilteo Light Station is comprised of multiple properties built between 1906 and 1935. The Light Station is an exceptionally well preserved complex of buildings and structures and the assemblage, design and construction are typical of those produced by the federal Light House Board in the Pacific Northwest during the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.

Fowler Pear Tree

The Fowler Pear Tree was planted as part of an orchard around 1863 by Jacob D. Fowler, who, with his partner Morris H. Frost, claimed as a homestead the major portion of the area which now comprises the town of Mukilteo. Fowler was the head of the first family, the first Postmaster, and the first merchant and trader in the town. This tree stands as a fine example of conservation and is a living part of the past history of the beginnings of Mukilteo.

Point Elliott Treaty Site

Isaac Ingalls Stevens, first territorial Governor of Washington, promoted a series of treaties in the mid-1850’s with a number of Native American tribes. The purpose of the treaties was to cede Native American lands to the public domain of the United States. The Point Elliot Treaty was one of four signed with coast tribes. It affected the territory of 22 tribes west of the Cascades to Puget Sound and north of Tacoma to the Canadian border. Such important leaders as Sealth, Patkanim, Goliah, and Chow-Its-Hoots signed the treaty. However, the treaties were not successful and a central cause in the outbreak of the Indian wars in 1856. The precise location of the treaty signing is not known. Several locations have been named, but none seem to carry any more authority than another.