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Anacortes History

  1. The ASOTIN launch (1919)

    February 6, 2023, All Day
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    Sloan Shipyard

    Only four ships would ever be completed and launched from the Sloan Shipyard on Guemes Island: ASOTIN, BAYDEN, BERTRAND and LEOTI. The first of this line, the ASOTIN, was named after the Washington town and Nez Perce term meaning "Eel Creek." The ASOTIN is seen in the far right of the attached picture, recently completed, hosting the American flag. The shipyard’s life was cut short by the end of World War I. By 1922 Joseph Sloan, who was ruined in both financial and physical health, committed suiced. The June 12, 1923 Anacortes American reported that the shipyard’s new owner was on site with a wrecking crew.

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  2. Call for 200 axemen (1890)

    February 8, 2023, All Day

    It’s hard to imagine today but downtown Anacortes was once dense forestland. The storefronts were hemlocks, the restaurants pines, and there was no need for any roundabouts for the animal populated streets. This kind of living would not do for the first white settlers of Fidalgo. The moment the settlers made landing, the plowing of the forestlands began. Part of Anacortes’ initial boom was reliant on the timber industry. One of the largest clearing operations began on February 2 1890, when the local ANACORTES PROGRESS called for, “200 axemen to clear the east end of the city.” A month into the project, a NEW YORK SUN writer would observe, “…the town looks like a city just destroyed, rather than one just beginning to build.” Perhaps they were correct in this assertion, one city was being built up, but another had just crumbled.

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  3. Gordon Showalter is born (1922)

    February 10, 2023, All Day

    A man who journalist Wallie Funk remembered as "a heckuva tap dancer," Gordon Showalter remains one of the most prominent artists raised in Anacortes. Growing up on his parents chicken and strawberry farm on Guemes Island, Showalter moved from the farm to the stage during his time at the Guemes School. He was a dance soloist at Radio City Music Hall and a soloist in the National Orchestral Society under George Balanchine. He performed on Broadway with Mary Martin and Yul Brynner in "Lute Song", and organized the "Showalter Dancers" which performed in nightclubs and on television. His art and life inspired many and his humble beginnings are proof of the power of passion.

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  4. A-Boats disaster claims 14 lives (1983)

    February 14, 2023, All Day

    One of the worst maritime tragedies in the history of Anacortes unfolded on Valentine’s Day 1983, when 14 crew members of the Anacortes-based Altair and Americus perished. The Americus was found overturned in the Bering Sea February 14, 1983, and no trace of sister ship Altair was ever found. The trawlers had left Dutch Harbor, Alaska, within four hours of each other, each carrying about 225 crab pots. Those lost on the Americus were skipper George Nations and his son Jeff, and crewmen Brent Boles, Larry Littlefield, Paul Northcutt, Vic Bass and Rich Awes. Lost with the Altair were skipper and part owner Ron Beirnes, and crewmen Jeff Martin, Tony Vienhage, Brad Melvin, Larkin Breckenbridge, Troy Gudbranson and Randy Harvey. They are memorialized at Seafarers Memorial Park. Nearly 15 years after the event, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Patrick Dillon wrote "Lost at Sea," recounting the tragedy.

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  5. Bobo dies at Woodland Park Zoo (1968)

    February 22, 2023, All Day

    Though he only lived in Anacortes for a couple of years, Bobo (1951-1968) left quite an impact on the Anacortes community, instantly becoming one of our town’s most iconic residents. When Bobo (literally) outgrew his small town home, the Lowman family that had cared for him during his stay sent him to Woodland Park Zoo. Like any child getting sent off by their family into the big world, Bobo would have to learn how to adapt to his new life. He became a huge hit at the zoo, along with his roommate Fifi. The two became friends but lacked the romantic chemistry to start a family. On this date in 1968, zookeepers found Bobo’s body in his cage. His untimely death at age 17 was attributed to pulmonary embolism. Bobo’s body was mounted by a taxidermist and was displayed temporarily at the Anacortes Museum before being moved to the MOHAI in Seattle.

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  6. Nisqually Earthquake (2001)

    February 28, 2023, All Day

    Although 400 were injured and one died when the Nisqually Quake of 2001 shook the Cascadia Subduction Zone, in Anacortes the primary casualty was the Morrison Mill smokestack (with lesser damage to some walls, sidewalks and piers). At a magnitude of 6.8, the Puget Sound area had not experienced an earthquake on that scale since 1965, and President George W. Bush classified the area affected as a disaster area. A large, X-shaped crack doomed the Morrison Mill Smokestack, the last mill stack remaining from the city’s industrial history. The stack was imploded, spectacularly, a few days after the earthquake.

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Arts & Culture

  1. Anacortes Arts Commission

    February 8, 2023, 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
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    City Hall OR via Zoom

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City Council

  1. City Council Meeting

    February 6, 2023, 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
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  2. City Council Public Safety Committee Meeting

    February 7, 2023, 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
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  3. City Council Meeting

    February 13, 2023, 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
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  4. City Council Meeting

    February 21, 2023, 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
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  5. City Council Meeting

    February 27, 2023, 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
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Finance

  1. City Council Finance Committee Meeting

    February 8, 2023, 5:00 PM - 6:00 PM
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    City Hall Main Conference Room

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  2. City Council Finance Committee Meeting

    February 22, 2023, 5:00 PM - 6:00 PM
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    City Hall Main Conference Room

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Housing Affordability & Community Services

  1. Housing Affordability & Community Services Committee

    February 9, 2023, 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM
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  2. Housing Affordability & Community Services Committee

    February 16, 2023, 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM
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  3. Housing Affordability & Community Services Committee

    February 23, 2023, 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM
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Library

  1. Blind Date with a Book & Surprise Books

    February 1, 2023, 10:00 AM - February 14, 2023, 6:00 PM
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    Anacortes Public Library

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  2. High School Creative Writing

    February 8, 2023, 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
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    Anacortes Public Library

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  3. Fantasy Trivia Night

    February 8, 2023, 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM
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    Anacortes Public Library

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  4. Pajama Storytime

    February 9, 2023, 5:00 PM - 5:30 PM
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    Anacortes Public Library

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  5. Family Storytime

    February 10, 2023, 10:00 AM - 11:15 AM
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    Anacortes Public Library

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  6. Eye of the Hurrican - Maritime Speaker Event

    February 11, 2023, 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
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    Anacortes Public Library

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  7. Second Sunday Jazz - Kelsey Mines

    February 12, 2023, 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
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    Anacortes Public Library

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  8. High School Creative Writing

    February 15, 2023, 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
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    Anacortes Public Library

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  9. Fantasy Craft and Cosplay Workshop

    February 15, 2023, 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
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    Anacortes Public Library

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  10. Jazz Lecture Series w/ Michael Wheatley

    February 16, 2023, 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
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    Anacortes Public Library

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  11. Family Storytime

    February 17, 2023, 10:00 AM - 11:15 AM
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    Anacortes Public Library

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  12. Yoga at the Library: Gentle Flow for Adults

    February 18, 2023, 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM
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    Anacortes Public Library

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  13. High School Creative Writing

    February 22, 2023, 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
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    Anacortes Public Library

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  14. Family Storytime

    February 24, 2023, 10:00 AM - 11:15 AM
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    Anacortes Public Library

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  15. Fantasy Genre Day at the Anacortes Public Library

    February 25, 2023, All Day
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  16. Book Club at the Library - February 2023

    February 27, 2023, 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
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    Anacortes Public Library

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Library Board

  1. Library Board of Trustees - Monthly Meeting

    February 13, 2023, 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM
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    Anacortes Public Library

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Main Calendar

  1. City Office Closure: Monday, February 20, 2023

    February 20, 2023, All Day

    City of Anacortes offices will be closed on Monday, February 20, 2023 in recognition of Presidents Day.

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Museum Events

  1. Museum Advisory Board Meeting

    February 7, 2023, 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM
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    Anacortes Museum Research Library

    Museum Advisory Board Meetings are held on the first Tuesday of every month at 9AM in the Carnegie Building Research Room on the 2nd Floor of the Anacortes Museum - Carnegie Gallery. These will be web-based meetings until further notice. For more information please contact the Anacortes Museum.

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  2. Anacortes Historic Preservation Board Meeting

    February 8, 2023, 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
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    Anacortes Museum Research Library

    Anacortes Historic Preservation Board Meetings are held on the second Wednesday of every month at 4 PM in the Carnegie Building Research Room on the 2nd Floor of the Anacortes Museum - Carnegie Gallery. For more information please contact the Anacortes Museum.

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Parks Board

  1. Parks and Recreation Advisory Commission

    February 14, 2023, 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM
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    Main Floor Conference Room - City Hall  OR Via Zoom

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    Monthly meeting of the Anacortes Parks and Recreation Commission

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Planning Department

  1. Planning Commission Meeting

    February 8, 2023, 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM

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  2. Planning Commission Meeting

    February 22, 2023, 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM

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