Historical Documentaries and Films

Filmmakers past and present have provided us an opportunity to witness Anacortes’ evolution in a distinct and special way. Five decades of Anacortes are captured with unique commentary and historical footage. These films allow you to not only see what life was like back then, but to get a feel for the culture and lifestyle.Its easy for one to imagine watching these films on the day they premiered, in a town not similar to the one you live in today, but not too different. 



The Perfect Port: Anacortes Waterfront Legends & Lore (2005)

"This documentary had to be made. One doesn’t need to live in Anacortes very long to to realize that it is a community in transition. Many people today have no idea what it has taken to whittle this town out of the frontier it once was. Close to resources, close to the ocean, and close, relatively, to Alaska, Anacortes served as the ’Perfect Port’ for vessels bound for fishing grounds up north.  Canneries, warehouses, box mills, shipyards and railroads sprang up to process and ship the bounty the fishermen brought home. In Anacortes’ heyday, everything was related, one way or another, to fishing. Fishing was the life blood of so many families.  To fully appreciate what we have, we need to never lose of how we got here. This documentary is meant to serve as a legacy and tribute to the fishing families who built this town."  -John Killingsworth


Experience Anacortes in the 1990s

Looking to settle in Anacortes but not sold on us yet? Look no further than this informational video put together by the Chamber of Commerce in the ‘90s! Now available on our YouTube channel, experience Anacortes as if you were a prospective buyer or a casual tourist.


A Tour of Anacortes in the 1970s

Experience Anacortes, Washington just as it was in the 1970s! Explore everywhere from the slopes of Mt. Baker to the the beaches of Cap Sante. To cap it all off, enjoy footage from a historic Anacortes Arts and Crafts Festival. Travel back in time with us to an era many in town still remember.


Our Town Anacortes (1954)

Why are you proud of Anacortes? Is it because of our natural lands found in the ACFL? Is it because of the many community events that showcase our pride? There are many reasons to be proud to live here. This video, “Our Town” (now posted to our Youtube channel), shows why people were proud of Anacortes in 1954. Featured in this short film, created for the Chamber of Commerce, are interviews with multiple people, including Raymond Pinson, City Mayor at the time, Fred Cartwright of People’s National Bank, and Lloyd Foster, Manager of the Port of Anacortes.



Museum staff Corin Noronha and intern John Harrison take you on a documentary tour of some of Anacortes’ most iconic history.

A Historic Tour of Anacortes (2018)

Anacortes, Washington is a city full of local businesses, docked boats and extraordinary views. However, underneath all of that is a story. A rich history with more connections to the modern day than you would think. This is Anacortes.

The Scott Paper Pulp Mill (2018)

In the early days of Anacortes, the city was less focused on tourism and service and more focused on timber and canning. With almost 80 people employed at the time of its closure in 1978, the Scott Paper Pulp Mill was an integral part of Anacortes’s through the 1900s.