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September 15th, 2020
Downtown clock wears new crown: 2008
JC Leadbetter clock, 2005
Clock after restoration, 2008
Seven years of work culminated in July 2008 with the “crowning” of a J.C. Leadbetter street clock on Commercial Avenue in front of the Brown Lantern Tavern. Addition of the brass finial was the dream of former museum director Gary Cline, but it took lots of partners to make the dream a reality. Tom Thompson, President of the Anacortes Museum Foundation, also enlisted the support of the Noon Kiwanis Club. Others involved in the project included: Bob Mortenson, artist and advisor; Doug Booth, artist and carver; Glen Veal, foundry casting; Brad Brown, artist and welder; Bill Larson, engineer and advisor; Frank Orr, craftsman; Steve Oakley, former museum director. Also on hand for the installation was W.T. Preston curator Vernon Lauridsen.
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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