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Skagit County was created in 1883 from Whatcom County and is named after a local Indian tribe.  It is located in the northwestern part of the state and stretches from Puget Sound on the west to the crest of the Cascade Mountains on the east.  The county has been settled since 1859; however gold strikes in the 1870’s brought in miners who later took up logging and farming after the gold gave out.  In 1889 the introduction of a railroad into the county helped to increase its population.  Today, Skagit County has a rich and diverse economic base.  It is one of the state’s most productive vegetable and berry growing areas.  Dairying and poultry raising are important economic activities and the county is also a producer of cement, steel and wood products.

 

Bounded by: Whatcom County (N), Okanogan and Chelan counties (E), Snohomish County (S), and Puget Sound (W).

 

County Seat:  Mt Vernon

 

Chambers of Commerce:    

Anacortes Chamber of Commerce, 819 Commercial, Suite F, Anacortes, WA  98221.  Phone 360-293-3832. Fax 360-293-1595.  Email anancortes@sos.net.

 

Burlington Chamber of Commerce, 120 E George Hopper Rd #104, Burlington, WA 98233.  Phone 360-757-0994.  Fax 360-757-0821.

 

Concrete Chamber of Commerce, PO Box 743, Concrete, WA 98237.  Phone 360-853-7042.  Email ccofc@sos.net.

 

La Conner Chamber of Commerce, PO Box 1610, 413A Morris St, La Conner, WA 98257.  Phone 360-466-4778.  Fax 888-642-9284. 

 

Mt Vernon Chamber of  Commerce, PO Box 1007, 117 N 1st #4, Mt Vernon, WA 98273-1007.  Phone 360-428-8547.  Fax 360-424-6237.  Email chamber@mvcofc.org.

 

Sedro-Woolley Chamber of Commerce, 714B Metcalf St, Sedro-Woolley, WA 98284.  Phone 360-855-1841.  Fax 360-855-1582.  Email chamber@sedro-woolley.com.

 

County Government: (www.skagitcounty.net) 700 2nd St, Mt Vernon, WA 98273.  Courthouse hours: Monday through Friday, 8:30am to 4:30pm. 

 

      Assessor:  Admin Bldg, Room 204.  Phone 360-336-9370.  Fax 360-336-9308.  Email assessor@co.skagit.wa.us.

 

      Auditor:  PO Box 1306.  Phone 360-336-9420.  Fax 360-336-9429.

 

      Clerk:  PO Box 837.  Phone 360-336-9440.  Email suprtclark@co.skagit.wa.us.

 

      Treasurer:  PO Box 518.  Phone 360-336-9350.  Fax 360-336-9344.  Email treasurer@co.skagit.wa.us.

 

Genealogical Society:

Skagit Valley Genealogical Society, (http://SkagitValleyGS.org) PO Box 715, Conway, WA 98238-0715.

 

Health Department: Skagit County Health Department, (www.skagitcounty.net/Common/asp/default.asp?d=Health&c=General&p=main.htm)

Skagit County Courthouse 700 2nd #301, Mt Vernon, WA 98273.  Phone 360-336-9380.  Fax 360-336-9401.

     

Historical Society: 

Anacortes Museum Foundation, 1305 8th, Anacortes, WA 98221.  Phone 360-293-1915.

 

Libraries - Academic:

Skagit Valley College, (http://svclib.ctc.edu) Norwood Cole Library, 2405 College Way, Mt Vernon, WA 98273-5899.  Phone 360-416-7850.  Fax 360-416-7698. 

 

Libraries - Public:

Anacortes Public Library, (www.library.anacortes.wa.us) 1209 Ninth St, Anacortes, WA 98221-1987.  Phone 360-293-1910.  Fax 360-293-1929. 

 

Burlington Public Library, (www.ci.burlington.wa.us/library/bpublib.htm) 900 E Fairhaven, Burlington, WA 98233-1998.  Phone 360-755-0760.  Fax 360-755-0717.

 

Concrete Public Library, 45672 D St & Main, City Hall, PO Box 28, Concrete, WA 98237-0028.  Phone 360-853-8950.  Fax 360-853-8002.  Email conlib@yahoo.com.

 

Guemes Island Library, 5293 Guemes Island Rd, Guemes Island, WA 98221-9041.

 

LaConner Regional Library, 614 Morris St, PO Box 370, LaConner, WA 98257-0370.  Phone 360-466-3352.  Fax 360-466-9178.  Email lclib@cnw.com.

     

Mt Vernon City Library, (www.mount-vernon.wa.us/reclib/wp.htm) 315 Snoqualmie St, Mt Vernon, WA 98273-4226.  Phone 360-336-6209.  Fax 360-336-6259. 

 

Sedro Wooley Public Library, 802 Ball Ave, Sedro Wooley, WA 98284-2008.  Phone 360-855-1166.  Fax 360-855-0636.   

 

Libraries - Special:

Mt Vernon Family History Center Library, 1700 Hazel St, Mt Vernon, WA.  Phone 360-424-7723.

 

Samish Indian National Tribal Library, (www.fidalgo@fidaldo.net/~samish) PO Box 217, Anacortes, WA 98221.  Phone 360-293-6404. Fax 362-299-0790.

 

Skagit County Historical Library, 501 S Fourth, PO Box 818, LaConner, WA 98257.

     

Skagit County Law Library, 205 W Kincaid #104, Mt Vernon, WA 98273-3879.  Phone 360-336-9234.  Fax 360-336-9307. 

 

Swinomish Indian Tribe Library, PO Box 388, La Conner, WA 98257.  Phone 360-466-7207.  Email swinlib@cnw.com.

 

Upper Skagit Indian Tribe Library, 25962 Community Plaza Way, Sedro Woolley, WA 98284.  Phone 360-856-3570, ext 275.  Fax 360-856-6669. 

 

Museums and Historical Sites:

Anacortes History Museum, (www.anacorteshistorymuseum.org) 1305 8th, Anacortes, WA 98221.  Phone 360-293-1915.  Fax 360-293-1929. Email museum@cityofanacortes.org.

 

North Cascades National Park Service Complex, 7280 Ranger Station Rd., Marblemount, WA 98267. Phone 360-873-4590. Fax 360-873-4590.

 

Samish Coastal Salish Cultural Interpretive Center, PO Box 217, Anacortes, WA 98221-0217.  Phone 360-293-6404.  Fax 360-299-0790.  Email samish@fidalgo.net.

 

Sedro-Wooley Museum (sedrowoolleymuseum.org), 725 Murdock St, Sedro-Wooley, WA 98284.  Phone 360-855-2390.  Email raine@cnw.com.

 

Skagit County Historical Museum, (www.skagitcounty.net) PO Box 818, 501 S Fourth, LaConner, WA 98257.  Phone 360-466-3365. Fax 360-466-1611. Email museum@co.skagit.wa.us.

 

Volunteer Fire Department Museum, PO Box 581, La Conner, WA 98257.  Phone 360-466-3083.  Fax 360-466-5310.

 

W T Preston Sternwheel Snagboat, 703 R Ave, Anacortes, WA 98221.  Phone 360-293-1916.

     

State Archives Branch:

Northwest Region (www.secstate.wa.gov/archives/nwrb.htm) (Clallam, Island, Jefferson, San Juan, Skagit, Snohomish and Whatcom counties). Goltz-Murray Archives Building, Western Washington University, Bellingham, WA 98225-9123.  Phone 360-650-3125.  Fax: 360-650-3323.  Email state.archives@wwu.edu.  Research hours: Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. - noon and 1:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.