Looking Back

March 31, 2020

Beneath the bridges

For decades, Fidalgo Island was linked to the Skagit Valley by a drawbridge over the Swinomish Channel. In 1972 the drawbridge was replaced by a single steel truss span serving both east and westbound traffic. The 3,259 foot-long span was seismically retrofitted in 1997 by the state Department of Transportation. The second “twin” span, which […]

March 30, 2020

Waterfront Festival poster 2004

It was March 2004 when Anacortes artist Jennifer Bowman stepped up to assist with the reveal of the Anacortes Waterfront Festival poster featuring her work. Also pictured here are refinery executive Tom Smith (left) and Ace Hardware owner Randy Burgess (then president of the Chamber of Commerce). Jennifer’s latest success in the wonderful world of […]

March 29, 2020

Ace of Hearts Creek

This April 2009 photo was taken at Ace of Hearts Creek on the south side of Anacortes, just off “H” Avenue. This creek once ran through the back yard of my childhood home on 33rd Avenue. It was the source of many wonderful hours of play and “exploration,” a rich part of my childhood.

March 28, 2020

Northwest icons 2010

Classic Northwest scene: ten years ago I shot this photo of two regional icons: Mt. Baker and state ferry Yakima.

March 27, 2020

2009 reminder of National Guard training

A search of photo archives provided this reminder that the National Guard makes disaster response a regular part of their training routine. This drill sponsored by the Air National Guard took place in Anacortes in August 2009. A caption read: “Camouflage gear and decontamination suits caught the eyes of passersby on “M” Avenue Friday as […]

March 26, 2020

2009 fly-over

A 2009 aerial of our beautiful working waterfront, north side of the City of Anacortes. That was a great day in the sky!

March 25, 2020

Mt. Baker sunrise

Enjoying a sunrise from the past: April 2015 from south Anacortes.

March 23, 2020

New arch greets guests: 2005

It was July 2005 when the annual “Community Portrait” hosted by the Anacortes American was taken in front of the shiny new arch greeting guests to downtown Anacortes. Can you find yourself or someone you know in this crowd?

March 21, 2020

Remembering Jack Hill

Anacortes native Jack Hill, who died at age 102 on March 23, 2017, was a remarkable man. I was privileged to interview him in 2008 as he was one of few locals who had worked on construction of both Shell and Texaco refineries on March’s Point. Hill worked for Bechtel on the construction projects, then […]

March 17, 2020

John Wayne’s Nor’Wester: 2010

John Wayne’s first yacht, the Nor’wester, pictured here as a participant in the 2010 Anacortes Work Boat Races. Originally built in 1932, the Norwester was first christened the “Chiro” by her owner Charles Gilbert. In 1937 she was sold, and ended up serving the Navy during WWII to help patrol the coast. After the war, […]

March 9, 2020

Railroad owners: Tommy & Anne

Anacortes Railway Co. owners Anne and Tommy Thompson. Tommy hand-built this locomotive and passenger cars, operating several years on a narrow gauge track between 4th Street and the Calico Cupboard Restaurant on Commercial Avenue. Tommy died in 1999, and Anne donated the train to the City of Anacortes.

March 5, 2020

Kayaking Heart Lake: 2010

One of my favorites among my kayak shots, most of which are taken in seawater settings such as Deception Pass and Fidalgo Bay. This kayaker was with a small group on Heart Lake, 10 years ago.

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