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  1. Calendar Overlay Anacortes History (2)

Anacortes History

  1. Bobo dies at Woodland Park Zoo (1968)

    February 22, 2024, 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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  2. Nisqually Earthquake (2001)

    February 28, 2024, 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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