The earliest recorded settlers in what would later become ‘Mount Vernon’ were Jasper Gates and Joseph F. Dwelley, in 1870. These two likely stopped in Mount Vernon because the Skagit River was not navigable beyond this point due to enormous log jams. In 1876 the log jams were removed permitting river travel to the towns that had grown upriver. With the river being opened new logging activities and access to Ruby Creek (where gold had been found) were both possible. These two events reinforced Mount Vernon’s position as an important transportation and trading center along the river.
Today Mount Vernon residents and visitors alike enjoy the beautifully revitalized waterfront, stunning tulips, shopping, hospitals, fishing, boating, hiking and delicious local dining and entertainment.
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