Looking Back

June 10, 2022

Majestic expansion past: 2013

Heavy equipment operators do their thing on the property lying between the Majestic Inn & Spa courtyard and the site of the inn’s new, 30-room addition. It’s fun to have such a high visibility construction project in town, and the added rooms will be a community asset. (Note: Yet another expansion to this downtown hotel […]

June 6, 2022

Popular Anacortes beach: 2008

Sunset Beach, Washington Park, 2008.

June 1, 2022

Waterfront Festival snapshots: 2004

One of this community’s most exciting events is the annual Waterfront Festival at Cap Sante Marina. This family friendly festival is hosted by the Anacortes Chamber of Commerce in partnership with local sponsors including the Port of Anacortes. Photos from the 2004 archives!

May 31, 2022

Paintbrush in bloom

This photo from 2018 was taken about this time of year, when wildflower Paintbrush is flashing its distinctive red blossoms. I’ve seen a few “families” on the way to Whidbey in recent days.

May 18, 2022

Anacortes Lutheran Church confirmation: 1928

In 1984 I had the privilege of editing a 75th Anniversary history of Anacortes Lutheran Church. I found this photo in my “archives,” and I have come to believe it is the confirmation class of 1928. If so, pictured here are Pastor Hjermstad, Harold Berentson, Laurene Johnson (Rhodes), Eldora Prawitz (Peterson), Willard Rockom, Harold Trulson, […]

May 9, 2022

Vulture roosts near lake

This creature captures your attention and leaves a permanent impression. Turkey vulture in snag near Heart Lake, 2018. There were companions, which made the event even more intimidating. Beak and claws are built for serious scavenging.

April 29, 2022

Canoe Pass guardian: 2013

I was shocked once to hear my wife ask: “How many eagle photos can one guy take?” Answer: 10,000+ On a serious note, I do have my favorites, one of which is this shot from Canoe Pass Bridge near the Fidalgo Island side of Deception Pass. I rarely see eagle perched on this bluff, and […]

April 27, 2022

Familiar historic marker removed

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 […]

April 26, 2022

Newspaper anniversary, new book: 2015

It was a community celebration in May 2015 when the Anacortes American hosted a combined event: celebration of their 125th anniversary and publication of “Pictures of the Past,” a book of photos and captions by former pubisher Wallie V. Funk. The event was held at The Depot in downtown Anacortes.

April 12, 2022

Good times at Mt. Erie Elementary

From my archives. The 1960-61 third grade class at Mt. Erie Elementary School. This is the year my family moved to Springfield, Virginia after Dad took a job as assistant to U.S. Representative Jack Westland, 2nd District. I finally moved back to Anacortes in 1980.

March 9, 2022

Stone home under construction: 2004

Yes, this home was completed (see photo). No, it still does not feature a moat. Old Town Anacortes.

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