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Snohomish Lettuce Farm

The former Snohomish Lettuce Farm, 1,500 acres in extent, was one of the largest farms of its kind in the state. During the growing season the pale green plants extended in rows across the black loam; in midsummer the farm is thronged with field hands, mostly migratory families. In the period around 1940, some opposition to labor organization developed among growers in the vicinity, and state police were called in to disperse strikers. A narrow-gauge railway collected the produce from tractor-drawn wagons and transports it to the central loading depot, where the lettuce is sorted, crated, and packed in refrigerator cars for shipment. The annual production averaged 800 carloads.