Ship building sheds and sawmills on the Everett waterfront in 1902. Before the state Port District Act of 1911, shipping facilities were privately owned. The Port of Everett was created in 1918. (Port of Everett)

Ship building sheds and sawmills on the Everett waterfront in 1902. Before the state Port District Act of 1911, shipping facilities were privately owned. The Port of Everett was created in 1918. (Port of Everett)

A century ago, a publicly owned port was a radical notion

A change in state law enabled the public to wrest control of waterfronts from powerful private companies.

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