Photos by Tag: shell

January 10th, 2024

Superstars of local economy

Since they began operations in 1955 (Shell) and 1958 (Texaco), the two refineries on March’s Point in Anacortes have been vital contributors to the local culture and economy. According to an economic impact study published by Western Washington University in 2019, the two refineries employ 841 workers with an average wage of $140,000. They also […]

October 9th, 2021

Shell refinery in Anacortes

Shell Puget Sound Refinery, as viewed through the trees at the summit of Mt. Erie. The plant was originally operated by Texaco, dating back to 1958.

May 17th, 2021

Shell on parade: 4th of July 2012

Here’s hoping a Fourth of July parade in Anacortes will happen sooner than later. Good times, with “regulars” including emergency response teams from Shell Puget Sound Refinery. Everyone loves the giant inflatable firefighters.

October 22nd, 2020

Work once again at Port Pier 2

What was once a common sight at Port of Anacortes Pier 2 is now extraordinary, in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. This week the “Cook Strait” is taking on a load of petroleum coke from the Shell Refinery on March’s Point, but it has been months since the last petcoke load. Jobs associated with […]

September 24th, 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).

April 23rd, 2020

Recalling Anacortes Brass Works

A deep dive into a desk drawer this morning yielded these three items, Shell and Texaco mementos created back in the day by Anacortes Brass Works. Beautiful craftsmanship — the kind of keepsakes that pass on to the next generation.

March 21st, 2020

Remembering Jack Hill

Anacortes native Jack Hill, who died at age 102 on March 23, 2017, was a remarkable man. I was privileged to interview him in 2008 as he was one of few locals who had worked on construction of both Shell and Texaco refineries on March’s Point. Hill worked for Bechtel on the construction projects, then […]

September 10th, 2011

Shell bikes to fight MS

Saturday morning came early for these bicyclist volunteers from Shell Puget Sound Refinery. Once again this year, a Shell team participated in the MS150 Ride, an event established to raise money to fight multiple sclerosis. The National MS Society’s vision is: “A World Free of MS.” The Society’s mission is: “We mobilize people and resources […]

July 12th, 2011

Parade pose

Everyone loves a man in uniform. In this case, we had a happy Cub Scout posing for a photo with one of Shell Refinery’s giant firefighters. The inflatable characters were a hit with kids of all ages, walking the entire length of the parade route at the Anacortes Fourth of July parade.

June 26th, 2011

Relay for Life team

Pausing for a photo during the weekend Relay for Life at War Memorial Field in Anacortes were members of the Shell Refinery volunteer team. The annual relay is sponsored by the American Cancer Society. Hundreds of volunteers participated in the Anacortes event, which started Saturday and ran through the night until Sunday morning.

February 8th, 2011

Eco boost

Two student teams from Granite Falls received a $1,000 contribution Monday for experimental cars that competed in the 2010 Shell Eco Marathon Americas in Texas. There were two teams from Granite Falls. A team called ShopGirls won first place in the prototype diesel category with their car, “Iron Maiden,” pictured here. The car performed at […]

December 13th, 2010

Chief Santa

A miniature Santa dressed like a fire chief and flanked by two toy engines was a part of the Christmas tree donated recently by the Shell Puget Sound Refinery Safety Department.

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