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September 2nd, 2020
City economy rooted in wood processing
As noted on an interpretive panel near the Cap Sante Marina, “…for generations the familiar blast of mill whistles punctuated daily life in Anacortes.” The panel points out that the western shore of Fidalgo Island was populated by 13 wood processing plants by the early 1900s. This photograph of the downtown Anacortes waterfront was taken looking north in 1947.
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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