Looking Back

October 1, 2020

Crowley tug Response: 2007

It’s always exciting to see tugs such as this one working local waters. This 2007 photo was taken from Curtis Wharf, Mt. Baker on the horizon.

September 27, 2020

City library under construction: 2002

This was an exciting time for lovers of the city’s public library. These photographs show construction status in March 2002.

September 24, 2020

Shell refinery once Texaco

The refinery now operating under the Shell Oil umbrella began operations as a Texaco refinery in 1958. It later transitioned to Shell ownership. The refinery next door, which began operations in 1955, transitioned from Shell to Tesoro to Marathon (current owner).

September 23, 2020

Now THAT is a prop!

A crew examines one of two massive propellers on the tugboat “Valor” at Dakota Creek Industries (DCI) in October 2012.

September 18, 2020

BMW Oracle racing: Anacortes connection

This is an Anacortes waterfront scene in 2008. See the Anacortes Maritime Heritage Center for details about the vessel’s connections to Skagit County. According to Wikipedia, “BMW Oracle Racing won the America’s Cup on February 14, 2010, off Valencia, Spain, beating Alinghi 2–0 in the best-of-three series and becoming the first American syndicate to win […]

September 17, 2020

Adventuress on Fidalgo Bay

Anacortes guests enjoy a sail aboard the Adventuress, summer of 2016. What a beauty!

September 16, 2020

Marina boathouse era: 2004

This photograph was taken in 2004, when covered boathouses were still permitted at Cap Sante Marina (then known as Cap Sante Boat Haven).

September 15, 2020

Downtown clock wears new crown: 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, […]

September 14, 2020

Northwest textures: 2001

It was 2001 and I had purchased my first digital camera. A Canon Powershot. I pulled this image from a collection I called “Northwest Textures.” Madrona bark, one “tear” revealing green layer beneath.

September 9, 2020

Local business booster: 2002

Curt Oppel is an enthusiastic advocate for local businesses, as evidenced when he dons his walking billboard that reads in part: “Shop in Anacortes.” This photo was taken during the Fourth of July parade in 2002. Time has passed, but the message remains the same: “Anacortes businesses depend on local shoppers to continue to provide […]

September 7, 2020

Still flying

Present meets past as this Forties-era biplane flies over March’s Point Sunday afternoon. I believe it is a Boeing Stearman, with Navy markings. The plane was used as a military training aircraft.

September 2, 2020

City economy rooted in wood processing

As noted on an interpretive panel near the Cap Sante Marina, “…for generations the familiar blast of mill whistles punctuated daily life in Anacortes.” The panel points out that the western shore of Fidalgo Island was populated by 13 wood processing plants by the early 1900s. This photograph of the downtown Anacortes waterfront was taken […]

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