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  1. Calendar Overlay Anacortes History (7)

Anacortes History

  1. Seattle and Northern Railway Company Incorporated (1888)

    August 9, 2020, All Day @ Anacortes to Rockport

    Traveling from Anacortes to Rockport, the Seattle and Northern Railway Company was an important network for transporting both goods and people. Its official incorporation was today in 1888, and it ran until it was sold to the Great Northern Railway Company in 1907.

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  2. Paul Luvera receives commendation from National Woodcarving Association (1976)

    August 12, 2020, All Day

    Paul Luvera made his name known far and wide when he received this commendation letter from "his efforts to preserve a fascinating art form [totem pole carving]." Only a couple of weeks later his work would be given an equally honorable commendation from Dale James, a Lummi Indian carver.

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  3. Betty Lowman makes it to Ketchikan (1937)

    August 19, 2020, All Day @ Ketchikan, Alaska

    Betty Lowman would forever immortalize herself in history when she paddled 1,300 miles, for 66 days, through the Inside Passage of British Columbia, from Guemes Island to Ketchikan, Alaska. Betty had always been one to push limits, at 14 she woke up early one school day to swim a half hour trip across the Guemes Channel, she was a sports hero, valedictorian, journalist extraordinaire and also had a healthy passion for choral music. It was only two days after her graduation from The University of Washington when she departed for her trip. A friend, Florence Steele would start the trip with Betty though returned after just a week after a strong reaction to a small-pox vaccination. Betty would make the rest of the trip alone, on the way lodging with locals where she could and roughing it on the beach where she couldn't. The trip was perilous at times and she would find herself stranded on multiple occasions. In the end though, she was greeted back home to an excited crowd, she was a hero.

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  4. W.T. Preston wins snagboat race (1950)

    August 19, 2020, All Day

    Placed up against the SKAGIT BELLE and SKAGIT CHIEF, the W.T. PRESTON chugged its way to victory despite having lower horsepower than both of its competitors. The PRESTON, a long standing Anacortes historical icon, now sits on display outside the Maritime Heritage Center on R Avenue.

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  5. First official Marineers' Pageant (1937)

    August 20, 2020, All Day

    The first Marineers' Pageant kicked off today in 1937. Though not around today, (having been replaced by events like the Arts Festival), the Pageant was once one of the biggest celebrations of the year. Banquets would sometimes go through thousands of grilled fish in a day, boat races off of Cap Sante would wow crowds of people, and of course the annual Pageant parade was a town favorite, with many organizations sponsoring floats of their own and prizes for participating girls.

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  6. Anacortes American gets AP wire service (1951)

    August 21, 2020, All Day

    With the debut of the Associated Press wire service machine in the Anacortes American office, Anacortes journalists were, for the first time ever, given worldwide news at with (for the time) lightning fast delivery.

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  7. Seafarer's Memorial Park dedication (1976)

    August 29, 2020, All Day @ Seafarer's Memorial Park

    A tribute to the brave men and women lost at sea, Seafarer's Memorial Park is a testament to Fidalgo Island's love of the ocean as well as the treacherousness of it.

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