Looking Back

May 13, 2021

ATown Big Band: 2013

Horn section, ATown Big Band, Summer of 2013 at Seafarers’ Memorial Park. Part of summer concert series hosted by Port of Anacortes.

May 12, 2021

Vets on parade: 4th of July 2010

A scene from the Anacortes Lions Fourth of July Parade, 2010. Among veterans in this group were Vic Childs, Sr., Tony Nady, Robert Dusenbury and Ken Brown.

May 11, 2021

Turkey vultures: 2018

I can’t tell you how many times I have looked to the sky, initially mistaking a turkey vulture for a bald eagle. I was reminded by a long distance viewing last week at Deception Pass that I had this “up close and personal” experience with a few turkey vultures in 2018. They were perched on […]

May 7, 2021

Baker, tug & Northern Hawk: 2015

Two of my favorite photography subjects — Mt. Baker and a Dunlap tug — are featured in this Guemes Channel scene from June 2015. The Dunlap tug “Port Gardner” is dwarfed by the “Northern Hawk,” vessel under tow from the Anacortes Port District pier.

May 5, 2021

Anacortes aerial: May 2006

An aerial photograph of Anacortes from May 2006. The most obvious change since then is the new high school and sports stadium.

April 28, 2021

Anacortes Museum: Spring 2009

This is one of my favorite photos of the Anacortes Museum, formerly a Carnegie Library.

April 27, 2021

Project uncovers ‘Skagit Maid’ — November 2014

A major building renovation uncovered this iconic “billboard” on Commercial Avenue. The display on the exterior wall of the Anacortes Food Coop has since been “refreshed.”

April 26, 2021

Adventuress: 2016

Always a pleasure to see this beauty, especially under sail.

April 19, 2021

Texaco Safety Sasquatch

Who remembers “Sasquatch,” the safety awareness mascot from the former Texaco Puget Sound Refinery? He is pictured here at a Kids R Best Fest in Anacortes. Safety Sasquatch visited schools and represented the refinery at many community events, often bearing gifts ranging from coloring books to pogs.

April 16, 2021

Tall ships draw a crowd: August 2002

I don’t remember details, but I do know these three tall ship replicas drew big crowds on a visit to Anacortes in August 2002. Among the ships are the Lady Washington and the Hawaiian Chieftain, which is reportedly being sold by the non-profit that operates it and the Lady Washington. The Grays Harbor Historical Seaport […]

April 15, 2021

Food Pavilion open house: October 1998

State Senator Harriet Spanel and Anacortes Mayor Dean Maxwell were among guests at the October 1998 open house hosted by the Food Pavilion grocery store on Commercial Avenue. Were you there? (Now The Market at Anacortes)

April 14, 2021

City court once at City Hall

I found these photos in a file. City Hall council chambers once served as Anacortes Municipal Court. Pictured here are Judge David Svaren, attorney Steve Mansfield and a court clerk whose name I cannot recall.

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