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 […]
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 […]
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.
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 […]
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 […]
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, […]
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.