MARK TWAIN
SNOHOMISH COUNTY
August 14, 1895
ENGLISH CROSSING is the center of this area.
It's elevation is the HIGHEST of the whole North West Coast line.

The "COAST LINE" was Great Northern's 155 mile  mainline between
 Seattle and Vancouver, in the Pacific Northwest.
It is almost level the entire way.
The webmaster of this page lived in sight of English Crossing from 2016 to 2019.
All my Old Telephones were
put into the Marysville Museum in 2018. :)

The railroad tracks were laid through Marysville in 1889, which brought many new residents to town.
In 1891 the town was incorporated which made it a 4th Class city.
Logging was the primary industry at this time. The Stimson Logging Company was formed in 1891.
This became a fairly large company and contributed much to Marysville's trade.

On June 6, 1969, a freight train operated by Great Northern rammed into several disconnected train cars
in front of the Marysville depot, destroying the building, killing two men in an engine on a nearby
siding and injuring two others. The crash, blamed on the engineer failing to adhere to the track's
speed limit, caused $1 million in damage to railroad property and resulted in the demolition of the depot,
which had served the city since 1891 and was not rebuilt. 
WIKIPEDIA
At the TOP OF THIS PAGE, the map displays the FIRST LOGGING TRAIL.
It was built by Edward George English, a native of Massachusetts, who came to the Puget Sound region in 1877.
He was a leader in the logging activities of Western Washington and British Columbia.
He was one of the organizers of the Pacific Logging Congress,     President of the English Lumber Company of Seattle,
President of the Lyman Timber Company of Everett and    Vice President of Wood & English Ltd., Vancouver, British Columbia.
After laying out the village of Mount Vernon, Wa.;  he set up his FIRST LOGGING CAMP. 13 in all.

The logging of timber for Lumber required building railroads to move lumber to shipping ports.
Because of Mr. English's ability to build railroads, he was called upon to help build more.
His railroads were build from Seattle all the way to Canada.

And look at all those "HIKING TRAILS" the railroad beds have created.
The last camp Mr. English created was at a "SUMMIT"  of the now BNSF RR.
He build a saw mill, added homes and stores and called the villagE "ENGLISH".

The Last Home of EDWARD GEORGE ENGLISH WAS IN BROADMOOR AREA OF SEATTLE.

The train had to start working harder when it left Marysville with an elevation of 40 feet above sea level.
Perhaps TWAIN could hear the steam and puffing of the engine.
ENGLISH CROSSING was the highest summit on the  railraod at 125 feet above sea level.
The grade of the railroad was a little steeper on the way down to Silvana.
The sound of the train would have gone almost silent.
See Railroad Grade diagram at bottom of this page.
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SILVANA was a stop to take on WATER.
During the very early days of steam locomotives, "WATER STOPS" were necessary every 7-10 miles