Arlington Viking Fest
The heart of any town or city is its downtown. The Downtown Arlington Business Association exists to support and promote the members of the association through annual events, low cost advertising, networking and creation of community assets to enhance economic stimulus. DABA also puts on a car show in June, a street fair in July and helps with the Eagle Festival and Hometown Holidays. Please visit our website at www.arlingtonwa.org for more information.
Arlington was home to the largest Scandinavian settlement in the 1880's.
"America has often been called "The Melting Pot" of the world. The Pacific Northwest is certainly no exception. Among those "foreigners" who flocked to the states of Washington, Oregon and Idaho during the closing decades of the 1800's and early 1900's were first and second generation immigrants from Sweden, Norway, Denmark, and Finland. "The Norwegians and Swedes have shaped thousands of frontier homes from rough lands of the Northwest; Finns are leaders in the fishing industry of the Pacific Northwest ... "(1) "Until the 1890's the majority (of immigrants) were peasants in search of land, and realized that to find cheap and good farms they would have to go west. Family groups in particular were apt to have a specific destination in the Middle West. The moves of Scandinavians still further west into Colorado, Montana and the Pacific states seem to have been secondary removals of dissatisfied settlers or their children from the Middle Border more than primary settlements immigrants fresh from Europe."(2) "They came west with the railroads to find land or jobs. "Most Scandinavians were engaged in agriculture, the woods industry, and fishing, with perhaps the majority on the farms."(3) By 1910 nearly 25 per cent of all residents of the State of Washington who were of foreign extraction were either Danes, Swedes or Norwegians. This amounted to more than 12 per cent of the state's population. Nearly one-fourth of them had come directly from Europe while the rest were "second stage" immigrants from Minnesota, Wisconsin, Illinois and Iowa. Primary industries for these groups of immigrants included railroad, logging, fishing, ship building and farming."
Scandinavians in the Northwest. The Pacific Northwest Forum. Volume 5, Number 2, Pages 11-17
Spring, 1980. By Ray E. Osterberg.