Looking Back

June 22, 2020

The Enchantress: 2006

Before the ultimate decision to remove her from Fidalgo Bay due to leaks below the waterline, the vessel Enchantress attracted many photographers. Photo taken in Fall 2006 from former site of plywood mill before cleanup.

June 19, 2020

Jet boat at the Pass: 2013

This photo of the Deception Pass Tours jet boat at Canoe Pass is from 2013, but you can still find the boat in the neighborhood, back in business now after a brief COVID-19 shutdown. This jet boat excursion business has one foot in Skagit, the other in Island County, which means they were able to […]

June 16, 2020

Swinomish Tribe history excerpts

This collection features photos taken at Swadabs Park, created by the Swinomish Tribe at the site of ancestral village Txiwuc. The Swinomish Channel park features three pavilions resembling woven cedar hats, interpretive panels, and a native plant garden. The park was developed for the 2011 Canoe Journey/Paddle to Swinomish. Swinomish Tribal member and artist Cecelia […]

June 13, 2020

Sailboats on the water: 2006

Fidalgo Bay serves routinely as the playground and “field of competition” for local sailboat races. Often Mt. Baker offers a snow-capped backdrop. This photo was taken in 2006. Look for sails on the bay today and tomorrow.

June 12, 2020

From park summit to Skyline: 2007

One of my favorite shots of Skyline, viewed from the observation point on the Loop Road at Washington Park on the west side of Anacortes.

June 9, 2020

Bird’s-eye view of Lovric’s: 2015

Lovric’s Boat Yard on west side of Anacortes, as seen from above Guemes Channel, summer 2015.

June 8, 2020

Steam engine show: 2009

Frank Orr (left) presides over a demonstration at the 2009 Anacortes Steam Show. What a great event. Always looked forward to it.

June 7, 2020

Opening Day Boating Season: 2013

Scenes from Opening Day of Boating Season 2013, hosted by the Port of Anacortes at Cap Sante Marina. There was no 2020 event due to COVID-19 restrictions on public gatherings. Activity on local waters is starting to pick up, however. Sunny blue summer days have an amazing power to draw folks out.

June 4, 2020

Anacortes welcomes news of refinery: 1953

Sixty-seven years ago this week, local newspaper publisher Wallie Funk finally shared in his newspaper what he had learned earlier from sources who swore him to secrecy. On June 2, 1953, local paper carriers scrambled up and down Commercial Avenue hawking a special edition of the American Bulletin newspaper. The front page featured only four […]

June 1, 2020

Aerial photo 1967

I received this photo from Lou Bergeson, a 1967 aerial of the area that includes March’s Point and the two refineries. Lou’s late husband Dick worked at the Shell Refinery (now Marathon) for many years before retirement. Thanks to “the original Anacortes refinery,” now Marathon, for use of the image.

May 28, 2020

Port hosts Paperboys: 2009

The Port of Anacortes Summer Concert series was a new concept in 2009, when this photo of a crowd gathered to hear the Paperboys was taken near the Cap Sante Marina boat launch.

May 27, 2020

New art, New Wilson: 2007

This photo of a crew applying wall disks to art image on the New Wilson Hotel was taken in July 2007. The rendition of city namesake Annie Curtis was selected to adorn the south wall of the historic Anacortes building that now serves as public housing.

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