When the City and the Thompson family couldn’t come together on the fate of the custom-built Tommy Thompson train, it was finally decided to give the train back to the family so it could head for a new home in California. The late Tommy Thompson, at one time a refinery engineer, designed and built the beautiful narrow gauge locomotive and several passenger cars. His dream of tracks from Ship Harbor to March’s Point never materialized, but the train did operate for a few years on a stretch of track between the downtown Depot and the Calico Cupboard Restaurant on Commercial Avenue. Type Tommy Thompson train in this site’s search engine to see many photos from over the years…
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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