This carved sign was removed during the recent maintenance/repair project at Deception Pass. The flip side of this sign read: To the north of this narrow passage is Fidalgo Island, so named for the Spanish explorer Lieutenant Salvador Fidalgo. To the south is Whidbey Island, second largest island in the contiguous United States which Captain George Vancouver, while exploring this region in 1792 at first thought to be a peninsula. Further exploration by him disclosed the existence of this intricate channel. Upon the realization that he had been deceived as to the character of the large island Vancouver gave to this channel the name Deception Passage and in naming the island he honored his trusted officer Joseph Whidbey.”
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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