Structure Type: built works _ industrial buildings - processing plant

Designers: [unspecified]

Dates: constructed 1902

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3500 Terminal Avenue
Port Gardner, Everett, WA 98201

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This was the earliest of six production plants that the Weyerhaeuser Corporation operated during the 20th century in Everett, WA. It remained in continuous production for the company between the early 1900s and 1983

Building Notes

The State of Washington, Department of Ecology (DOE), continues to study industrial waste still present around the Mill A Site. A DOE web site on the area stated about the plant: "The area comprising the Weyerhaeuser Mill A Former Site was first developed in the late 1800s. Historical industrial activities at the Site included pulp manufacturing, saw milling, ship building, shingle milling, and log handling. While operating as a sulfite pulp mill, the facility produced about 300 tons of pulp per day. All pulping operations at the Site ceased in 1980. The Port of Everett (Port) purchased the property in 1983 for development. The Site is currently being used by the Port for break bulk and container cargo storage." Industrial activities here predated Weyerhaeuser's arrival to WA State in 1900. After its arrival, the property was used for lumber production and later paper pulp production. The 1941 WPA Writers Program's Washington: A Guide to the Evergreen State, called the plant Weyerhaeuser's Sulphite-Pulp Plant, and said: "[The facility] blocks off Everett's southwest water front. The plant can be identified by its six digester--steel-sheated tanks like great inverted bottles--in which chips are cooked preparatory to making wood pulp." (See WPA Writers Program [WA State], Washington: A Guide to the Evergreen State, [Portland, Or., Binfords & Mort, 1941], p. 198.)

As a result of the site's usage for lumber milling and pulp production, the DOE web site also indicated the types of contaminants present in the soil and groundwater: "Both upland and in-water investigation activities have been conducted at the Site since the 1980s and most recently in 2007 and 2009. Sediment contaminants found on the Site include metals, polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs), Polychlorinated Biphenyls and Semivolatile Organic Compounds (PCBs and SVOCs). Contaminants found in upland soils and/or groundwater include metals, PAHs, SVOCs and Total Petroleum Hydrocarbons (TPHs)." (See "Weyerhaeuser Mill A Former," State of Washington, Department of Ecology, accessed 06/19/2015.)

PCAD id: 19634