November 5th, 2009

Train blast from the past

This photograph from my archives captured a moment during an early Eighties “experiment” that placed Tommy Thompson’s narrow gauge train on Commercial Avenue. Thompson (center, in conductor’s hat) dreamed of a railroad route leading from downtown Anacortes (the historic Depot) to the state ferry terminal. Ultimately Thompson’s dreams were not realized, and the train was moved out of the area, but traces of the narrow gauge line still remain between the waterfront and Commercial Avenue.

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About Photographer 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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