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George Brackett Returns to Share His Many Stories of Early Edmonds

John N. Hartquist portrayed the Edmonds founder as part of the Third Thursday Art Walk.

George Brackett, the founder of Edmonds, made a personal appearance at Thursday night's .

He held court at to talk about the founding of the town and answer questions. Portrayed by local actor John N. Hartquist of the , Brackett regaled the guests with lively stories of the characters and events of early Edmonds.

when he was blown ashore while exploring the coastline north of Seattle.

Impressed by the large stands of easily accessible timber, he returned two years later, purchased approximately 600 acres of prime forest land, built a wharf and sawmill and began energetic logging of the Edmonds bowl area.

He platted out the town, and in 1890 spearheaded the successful effort to incorporate it as the City of Edmonds. He was the city's first postmaster and first mayor.

Brackett died in 1927 and is buried in the .

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