Photographer friend Wayne Martin shared this historic photo of Mount Vernon, accompanied by some recollections from his childhood: “My guess this is in the early 1900s. When I was a kid I remember playing in and around the house on the left of the photo. When I was there the front yard and the bay windows were memorable to me. The building on the top is the Catholic Church when it was a wooden structure. It burned down and was rebuilt with brick as it is now. The house was my great grandparents. The house was taken down to make way for the big new highway that went through Mount Vernon.”
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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