From the 1870s on, logging and lumber mills were a part of the way of life on Fidalgo Island. Over the years there have been many types of wood mills: saw mills, shingle mills, box mills, lumber, pulp and plywood mills at locations primarily on Fidalgo Bay. These mills provided a mainstay for the citizens of our town. Many operations succumbed to the raging blaze of fire. The last mill fire destroyed the Custom Plywood facility in 1992; this signaled an end of an era that lasted over 100 years on Fidalgo Island.