Arlington

Arlington is located in northern Snohomish County and was incorporated as a city by white settlers in 1903. Prior to that time it had been inhabited by indigenous people for thousands of years.

A Brief History

Timber, railroad, farming and aviation have been the primary industries of Arlington along with tourism in more recent years. Its new settlers arrived around 1890 in an area called Haller just a few miles north of downtown. Haller was part of the city proper in 1903 when Arlington was founded. Haller was a logging town that once included a train depot that mostly serviced the lumber industry. As Arlington’s center grew, Haller shrank in population as well as prevalence as a commerce center. Soon Haller would disappear from the map and Arlington became the hub.

Downtown Arlington parade, circa 1900. (Image provided by the 
City of Arlington)

Downtown Arlington parade, circa 1900. (Image provided by the City of Arlington)

Arlington Today

According to the 2010 census, Arlington has grown to nearly 18,000 residents. Its thriving downtown is home to many shops and restaurants. Arlington is known for its great city parks and extensive public art collection. The Centennial Trail runs right through the middle of town at Legion Park, where a replica train depot  provides restrooms and an information kiosk for travelers. In addition to its downtown, Arlington boasts a number of area festivals such as the Arlington Fly-In, which attracts private pilots from around the country, and its Red Rooster farm tours that celebrate the agricultural history of the valley. To learn more about Arlington, see the tourism information section of this website.

  • Downtown Arlington 4th of July parade, 2010. (Image provided by the City of Arlington)

    Downtown Arlington 4th of July parade, 2010. (Image provided by the City of Arlington)

  • Trails, parks, street markets, oh my! The 
City of Arlington farmers market is a popular destination on summer Saturdays 
(July-September). Located in Legion Park, the market is adjacent to the Centennial 
Trail and the replica of the historic Arlington Depot. (Image provided by the City of 
Arlington)

    Trails, parks, street markets, oh my! The City of Arlington farmers market is a popular destination on summer Saturdays (July-September). Located in Legion Park, the market is adjacent to the Centennial Trail and the replica of the historic Arlington Depot. (Image provided by the City of Arlington)