Evergreen Cemetery has been called the
“biographical encyclopedia” of Everett,
Washington. Platted in 1898, this
100-acre cemetery has long been regarded
a local heritage resource of
substantial value, not only as the final
resting place of numerous prominent
citizens, but also as a remarkable
landscape comprised of century-old
plantings and “state champion” trees.
50,000 men, women, and children are
buried in Evergreen Cemetery. Their
stories and lives are a vital part of
our colorful heritage and history. A
victim of the November 5, 1916, Everett
Massacre and several victims of the
March 1, 1910, Wellington Avalanche
Disaster are among those buried in
Evergreen Cemetery. Thousands of regular
citizens—teachers, photographers, saloon
owners, doctors, bankers—who made
valuable contributions to the Everett
community are also buried in this
cemetery. Many individuals interred in
Evergreen Cemetery connect Everett to
national news and events: approximately
150 veterans of the American Civil War,
four governors (from Washington,
Minnesota, and the Dakota Territories),
two United States Senators, and the
great-great-great grandmother of
President Barack Obama.
In October 2008, Northwest history
specialist David Dilgard recorded a
walking tour of 52 sites and stories in
Evergreen Cemetery. This recording is
available in three ways: in this digital
collection; from the
Library podcast collection; and on
numbered map may also be downloaded
to accompany the tour. Images in this
collection that correspond with a site
on the recorded tour are marked.
This digital collection and podcast tour
are not meant to replace the experience
of touring the cemetery in person.
Rather, these digital items are intended
to enhance the experience of exploring
Evergreen Cemetery’s many memorials and
botanical features. They are intended as
an introduction to the lives and stories
associated with those interred there.
A written guide to the people and
stories of Evergreen Cemetery is also
available through the digital collection
here. This document should be
considered a work in progress, as
burials and new stories are frequently
discovered and added to this list.
Visiting Evergreen Cemetery
Evergreen Cemetery is located at 4505
Broadway, in Everett, Washington. When
visiting this—or any cemetery—please
follow these basic etiquette rules:
- Take only photos, leave only
- Do not touch memorials or
artifacts. They are privately-owned
- Do not bring alcohol, firearms,
or entertainment items into
- Show respect for the dead.
- Maintain supervision of children
and teach them to respect the dead.
- Keep pets under control and
clean up after them.
- Do not litter. This includes
- Do not interfere with the plants
or wildlife that inhabit the
- Keep your vehicle on designated
roadways or in parking areas.
- Stay on designated walkways or
- Obey posted times of operation.
Do not trespass.
- Promptly report suspicious
activities or vandalism to cemetery
management or local authorities.