The Japanese Gulch Group was founded in 2007 to address the growing need to preserve the Japanese Gulch in Mukilteo for outdoor recreation, ecological diversity, wildlife habitat and historical value.
In the early 1900’s the lumber industry drew a disproportionate amount of Japanese emigrants to the Mukilteo Lumber Mills. The Japanese workers lived in housing provided by the Crown Lumber Company east of the mill in wood ravine which became known as the “Japanese Gulch”.
By the 1930’s the Crown Lumber Company closed shop and Japanese families gradually left Mukilteo in pursuit of work elsewhere. However, the presence of Japanese culture and artifacts lives on in the Japanese Gulch today.