About Hat Island
Hat Island (A.K.A. Gedney Island) is a small private island, located in Puget Sound, in Snohomish County Washington. The island lies west of Everett, between Whidbey Island and Camano Island, and is the permanent or vacation home to approximately 260 "Hat Islander" families.
The Hat Island Community
Hat Island has a marina; a 9-hole golf course; beautiful Northwest scenery; a yacht and golf club; fire station; and community beaches for clamming, crabbing, fishing or beach combing. In addition, Hat Island has its own passenger ferry and bus.
Because this is a private island, with roads maintained by the Hat Island Community, cars on the island do not have to have state license plates. Because the island is small and without stores, cars usually just transport people from the ferry to their homes.
History of Hat Island
Robert A. Brunjes has written a wonderful comprehensive history of Hat Island. Click here to view and/or print it...
2008 Memorial Day Ceremony
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2008 Tribute to Andy Liljestrand
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2003—Volunteer Fire Department Commissioners
2002—Reverse Osmosis Water System Construction
1995—Their Little Bit of Paradise
This overview of Hat Island appeared in the Seattle Times on Friday, June 30, 1995.
Mid-1990's—Special Assessment Flyer
This is the flyer created by Don Condit describing the community's first special assessment. The special assessment was for $84.00 per year for 8 years and was used to cover major community expenses over $10,000 without the need for separate votes.
1980's—Fire Department Article
1977—"Hat Island, A Community Pulls Together"
These photos were taken in 1977 by Rich Shulman of the Everett Herald
1974—Electric Cable Project
In 1974, as a direct result of the 1971-1972 Community Development Study, an underwater electric cable was laid to Hat Island from Mission Beach. The Holiday was the vehicle for PUD executives and engineers and Hat Island board to watch the project being done. This project was a very exciting for both the PUD and Hat Islanders. This was the first underwater cable for the PUD and Hat Island had been running on generators that were less than reliable. Our Elsie M was also involved in the project. It was raining and a dark and dreary day much lightened by the exciting project and unrealistic successes. Basically there were no problems from one side to the other. The cable was energized on December 12, 1974.
1972—Early Marina Photos
The black and white picture of the marina labeled 1972 was scanned from the aerial photo in the Community Development Study 1972-1972. It shows the original configuration of the marina. In 1978 the marina was dredged and the dock system expanded to its present configuration. Notice the ferry bridge and ramp at the southern end where the ferry ACORN docked. Out side the marina on the north side was the barge piling for barges to tie up to unload building materials
1970's—Plastic Waterline Installation
1967 Special Sales Event
1962 Hat Island Sales Brochure
From the 1962 Washington Travel Book..."A secluded residential-recreational area afforded complete privacy, yet with ready access to metropolitan centers―that's Hat Island, two miles offshore from Everett and now in the process of development by the Hat Island Development Co. of Seattle."
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