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About Hat Island

Golf Course
Caddy Shack
(Courtesy Everett Herald)
Marina and Office

(Courtesy Everett Herald)
North Beach

(Courtesy Robert Benson)
Ducks in our Pond

Location

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.

Street Map of Hat Island

Aerial Photos of Hat Island

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...

 


Photo Scrapbook

2008 Memorial Day Ceremony

  

Part 1                                                                     Part 2

If the above videos appear squished when played, click the up arrow in the lower right corner of the screen,
then click the expanding menu above it, then click once again on the expanding menu.


2008 Tribute to Andy Liljestrand

  

Part 1                                                                     Part 2


2003—Volunteer Fire Department Commissioners

Clarence Forseth and
Mac McDonel
(Courtesy Everett Herald)
Grace Stenlund

(Courtesy Everett Herald)

Clarence Forseth

(Courtesy Everett Herald)

2002—Reverse Osmosis Water System Construction

Beach Well

(Courtesy Everett Herald)

System Construction

(Courtesy Everett Herald)

Skip Stienstra (center) and workmen
(Courtesy Everett Herald)
Workman and Skip's dog, Maggie
(Courtesy Everett Herald)

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

 

 

    Saturday potluck dinner is an occasion for conviviality
 
Ed Bruegeman
digs for  clams
Pat Richard paints the lettering on the
"Else M"
 
   
 
       

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.

Mission Beach where the cable originates. Note large power pole in the background.
The overhead lines on the mainland are where most of the power outages occur.
 
Mission Beach from farther out. The cable barge is towed by tugs during the cable laying process Cable barge being maneuvered by its tug
Another view of the tugs keeping the barge on line Barge in tow Our Elsie M helping with project View of the very large reel that carried the one piece cable

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

1972 Marina

 

Picture toward the Yacht and Golf Club building showing more sand and gravel from the marina. Pile driver in the northern corner of the marina driving pilings for the ramp bridge. Notice the very large piles of sand and gravel. The "Acorn" Passenger Ferry

1970's—Plastic Waterline Installation

       

1967 Special Sales Event


Mid-1960's Hat Island Riviera


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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