The Big Picture

Tall ship stopover

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The Lady Washington was at Cap Sante Marina this week. Ships from Grays Harbor make Anacortes a waypoint on their travels around the Sound.  Their next stop is Sucia Island.  Historic replica Lady Washington, built for the Washington State Centennial in 1989, is accompanied by the Hawaiian Chieftain.  Reservations for trips on the ship may be made at 1-800-200-LADY.

Historic Anacortes: Go Have Fun

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Perhaps it was a more common occurrence to come upon a beached octopus a century ago. But, it was the singularly creative mind of Henrietta “Bubble” Blaisdell that would attempt this intimate of a pose with the slimy creature. Far from the squeamish, it demonstrates the adventuresome and provocative approach she took to art and to life.

In Anacortes, Bret Lunsford explores the extensive photographic archives of the Anacortes Museum as well as the collections of many longtime Fidalgo Island residents to compile an entertaining visual history with more than 200 vintage images accompanied by informative captions.



Reprinted with permission from Anacortes, by Bret Lunsford. Available from the publisher online at www.arcadiapublishing.com or by calling 888-313-2665.

Work Boat races draw crowds

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Crowds enjoyed the work boat parade as Culbertson's Valiant steamed past before Saturday's races in the Guemes Channel. The Work Boat Races were initiated this year to add a little excitement to Shipwreck Day.(Erica Pickett photo)

 

Historic Anacortes: Local Landmarks

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This photograph was taken at the foot of Commercial Avenue at Ocean Dock, the place where most travelers arrived and departed until autos and roads became more convenient than water travel. Behind the fleet of bikes and cars is the Hotel Taylor. Southward on Commercial is the Anchorage, which became the location for “Mike” Demopoulos’s Marine Supply. (Photo courtesy of the Anacortes Museum)

In Anacortes, Bret Lunsford explores the extensive photographic archives of the Anacortes Museum as well as the collections of many longtime Fidalgo Island residents to compile an entertaining visual history with more than 200 vintage images accompanied by informative captions.

Reprinted with permission from Anacortes, by Bret Lunsford. Available from the publisher online at www.arcadiapublishing.com or by calling 888-313-2665.

Historic Anacortes: Big Catch

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This 1890 shot of a “barn door”-sized halibut was taken at Ocean Dock, built by the Oregon Improvement Company at the foot of what is now called Commercial Avenue.

This 1890 shot of a “barn door”-sized halibut was taken at Ocean Dock, built by the Oregon Improvement Company at the foot of what is now called Commercial Avenue. The original caption reads “Halibut caught off Ocean Dock, Anacortes, July 9, 1890.” The men are standing on candle boxes. The sign above the door reads “North Western Express Co.” (Photo courtesy of the Anacortes Museum)

Anacortes, by Bret Lunsford, went on sale Monday and should be available at various locations in Anacortes. Lunsford explores the extensive photographic archives of the Anacortes Museum as well as the collections of many longtime Fidalgo Island residents to compile an entertaining visual history with more than 200 vintage images accompanied by informative captions.

Reprinted with permission from Anacortes, by Bret Lunsford. Available from the publisher online at www.arcadiapublishing.com or by calling 888-313-2665. 

Historic Anacortes: Amos Bowman’s store

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A wagon stops at Amos Bowman’s store in this early street scene, near Guemes Channel in the vicinity of Third Street and Q Avenue. Bowman’s other ventures included a lumber bill and hotel near Cap Sante. He also established a post office and began promoting it as Anacortes in the pages of his Northwest Enterprise; until that time, the tiny settlement was known as Ship Harbor. (Photo courtesy of the Anacortes Museum)

Reprinted with permission from Anacortes, by Bret Lunsford. Available from the publisher online at www.arcadiapublishing.com or by calling 888-313-2665.

Zoning fight over handful of homes

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A handful of homes on Fourth St. is at the center of a zoning fight now before the City Planning Commission. 

 

Roundabout construction progresses

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SRV Construction is busy digging up the old roadway at the Commercial Ave.-Hwy 20 intersection here. The intersection is scheduled to be closed for the month of July. Meantime, traffic is being re-routed to R Ave. via 32nd St. The project cost: just over $900,000, half of which is being paid by the Wash. Dept. of Transportation.

Ferry work at DCI

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A crew at Dakota Creek Industries work on a new propeller for Washington State Ferries' boat 'Kaleetan.'