From days gone by

Published July 17, 2017 / by Steve Berentson

Midday sun casts shadows on a display of old Mason jars and nails at the 2017 Anacortes Shipwreck Fest. A date nail is a nail with the date stamped in its head. For example, a nail with a “12” is from 1912. They are usually 2 1/2″ long, with 1/4″ shanks. Date nails were driven into railroad ties, bridge timbers, utility poles, mine props and other wooden structures for record keeping purposes. Most date nails are steel, though many are copper, aluminum, malleable iron or brass.

About Steve Berentson
A fourth generation Skagit County native who was moved kicking and screaming from this island community in 1960. I finally reclaimed an Anacortes address in 1980, and I have been in constant celebration of my return since that time. Many of us who call Anacortes home love Fidalgo Island for its natural assets: among them are rugged beaches, pristine lakes, thousands of acres of forestland and some awesome views of the Skagit Valley and surrounding islands. Another element of my love affair with this community is its people, both natives and immigrants. They will “star” in many of my journal entries.

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