80s Everett: The Everett Square Christmas Tree
The holiday season is special for many reasons. One of those reasons is holiday traditions; things we can do every year to help us mark the passing of time, and to celebrate our memories of the times past.
In Everett, one of those traditions is the installation of the Christmas tree above Everett Square, the intersection at Hewitt and Colby. Every November the tree appears above the street to herald the approach of Christmas and the end of the year.
Many towns have Christmas trees that go up annually, but you would be pressed to find another town that suspends their tree on wires over a busy intersection. In the late 70’s, Colby Avenue was redesigned and refurbished, which included the construction of the large metal quadrangle structure over the street.
This allowed for the creation of this quintessentially Everett Christmas celebration under Mayor Bill Moore.
The tree is installed by City of Everett electricians, whose skill is necessary to set up the circuitry required. It first went up in 1985, and since 1988 has been hung by a crew headed by Steve Sawyer. Sawyer holds many memories of the tree, he has worked on the installation more than thirty times.
The original tree was all white, which showed every speck of dirt and dust from the street. After only a few years in use, the city realized it needed to be replaced. A large live tree was installed on Colby at street level for one year before the current green tree was purchased.
That tree has been in use for over two decades now, and it will continue to bring joy for years to come. It’s one of the things that makes Everett unique, and one of the little things that tells you Christmas is on the way.
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Happy Holidays from all of us at Lamoureux Real Estate!