Looking Back

August 3, 2023

Glance back at festivals past

It’s time once again for the wildly popular Anacortes Arts Festival, August 4-6. Posted here are some photos from festivals past, including 2002, 2006, 2009 and 2011. Artist is Cathy Schoenberg.

August 1, 2023

Deception Bridge anniversary

An important anniversary in the Pacific Northwest! A post from 1985: “Today, July 31, marks the 75th anniversary of the opening of Deception Pass Bridge (1935). This photo was taken during a mid-span celebration event on the 50th Anniversary of the bridge (1985). Among those pictured is Anacortesan Wallie Funk (center, with water carafe), who […]

July 26, 2023

Full moon on bay: May 2012

Sailboat glides along Fidalgo Bay under light of full moon, as viewed from Cap Sante. May 2012.

July 20, 2023

Hospital Open House: 2007

On August 30, 2007 Island Hospital proudly hosted a community open house featuring facility additions, renovations and new equipment.

July 8, 2023

Samish Tribe building on shoreline: 2005

Past scenes from the Fidalgo Bay Resort. An expanded conference center at Fidalgo Bay Resort was taking shape in 2005, as seen from Highway 20. The building, owned by the Samish Indian Nation, would ultimately seat more than 400.

July 4, 2023

Town Crier Judy Jewell: 2007

Anacortes Town Crier Judy Jewell opens 4th of July festivities at Causland Park in 2007.

June 19, 2023

The Healer: 2012

Among outdoor public art items in Anacortes over the years was this sculpture by Leon White titled “The Healer.” March 2012 near the intersection of 12th Street and Commercial Avenue.

June 10, 2023

Oracle racing star: 2008

This is an Anacortes waterfront scene in the fall of 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 […]

June 9, 2023

View from Alexander Beach: 2008

View from Alexander Beach on Fidalgo Island. May 2008.

May 24, 2023

‘Spirit of ’98’: 2007

A look back at Dakota Creek Industries (DCI) shipyard, January 2007. Out of water for work is the “Spirit of ’98” vessel from the Cruise West line.

May 19, 2023

Festival poster unveil: 2003

Refinery Manager Tom Smith (right) unveils the 2003 Anacortes Waterfront Festival poster during a Chamber of Commerce event sponsored by Compass Wines. Looking on are Chamber officers Mike Keller (center) and Steve Henry.

May 15, 2023

Kokua at Deception Pass: 2007

I love tugs, photograph them whenever I get the chance. This is a 2007 shot of the “Kokua” moving east at Deception Pass, Little North Beach in the background.

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