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Image of 2001.094.003 - Drawing

2001.094.003 - Drawing

Print reproduction of 1891 "View of Anacortes Looking Towards Ship Harbor". This is actually 1/2 a page from the NORTHWEST MAGAZINE, April 1891. By E. Winsor. This matted article sold by Carolyn Staley, Fine Prings, #7M2.18.

Image of WF 0088 -

WF 0088 -

Hand-colored postcard with a view from Cap Sante toward northwest, downtown Anacortes, and Guemes Island. Several important structures are visible. Left to right: Methodist Episcopal Church (red/pink church at far center left) on corner of 8th and R; above church, and just to right, I.O.O.F./Opera House on 6th between O and N (tall white building with 3rd story at rear); Pioneer Hotel on NW corner of Commercial and 6th (white building); Vendome Hotel on NE corner of Commercial and 6th (white building with black dome); white McNaught Building to right of tall tree at center; red brick Platt Building. This view of downtown from Cap Sante is very similar to WF 0087; it appears to be a view just

Image of D.IV.022.001.A,B - Platt Building

D.IV.022.001.A,B - Platt Building

Platt building 4th and Commercial. This building was built by John Platt in 1890 as the Bank of Anacortes; the bank failed in 1893. In this photo the lower portion of the building is occupied by Louis Foss, a clothing store. Commercial Avenue in the foreground is still planked. On the left side of the photo are a team of horses. In the center on the curb is a bicycle; there are eight people on the sidewalk.

Image of WF 0266.002 -

WF 0266.002 -

Interior view of E. A. Phillips' store when it was located in the Platt Building at NW corner of 4th Street and Commercial Avenue. People from left to right are: Harry Deane, Maude Trafton and E. A. Phillips. Eugene Phillips started his business in 1901, buying out E. S. Kasch grocery (see WF 0119). In 1911, Phillips constructed a new building on the NE corner of 4th Street and Commercial Avenue, (317-319 Commercial Avenue, Phillips Building), moving into it in July 1912. The ANACORTES AMERICAN reported on 1-27-1921, that E. A. Phillips had died in his sleep at the age of 52. During the Depression years (1929-1940), numerous small and short-lived businesses from used furniture stores to

Image of WF 0015.A,B -

WF 0015.A,B -

4th of July Parade on P Avenue (Commercial Ave. ) c. 1892. Ewing left Anacortes in 1893 for Everett, WA. Photo clearly shows the Godwin-Benedict-Havekost Building at 510 Commercial. Platt Building is visible in distance. Street is planked, but boards are coming up. Horse-drawn wagon pulls girls/women dressed in white.

Image of WF 0232 - Commercial and 6th

WF 0232 - Commercial and 6th

View of Commercial/P Avenue looking north toward Guemes Channel from 6th Street. P Avenue changed to Commercial Avenue on January 23, 1902, by order of City Ordinance No. 240. The white building visible at left, foreground, is the Pioneer Building (NW corner of 6th and P), which was partly made up of the old Nobar Hotel. The ANACORTES AMERICAN reported on 8-25-1898, "V. Funk has bought the northwest corner of 6th and P and will move the old Nobar building to the recently acquired realty and occupy it with his stock of groceries." That move was completed in December 1898. The 3-30-1899 edition reported, "V. Funk's building at the corner of 6th and P is being remodeled inside and out and when c

Image of WF 0048.A,B -

WF 0048.A,B -

ANACORTES AMERICAN Building located at 10th Street and M Avenue. On 5-15-1890, the ANACORTES AMERICAN reported the AMERICAN Building was in process of being built. The paper was started by Fred H. Boynton and Douglass Allmond; the first issue appeared on 5-15-1890. At the time of this accession, the business is the longest continually running operation in Anacortes history. See also WF 0049. This building burned down sometime before 1897. ANACORTES AMERICAN 1890 [5-15] first issue of ANACORTES AMERICAN; published by Douglass Allmond and F. H. Boynton. AMERICAN Building built at SE corner of 10th and M [back of photo]. 1897 [11-25] AMERICAN offices have moved to room 1 and 2, P

Image of WF 0049 -

WF 0049 -

ANACORTES AMERICAN Building located at 10th Street and M Avenue. On 5-15-1890 The ANACORTES AMERICAN reported the AMERICAN Building was in process of being built. This views shows presses and tools of newspaper business. Note large handbill on far wall advertising July 4, 1890. The paper was started by Fred H. Boynton and Douglass Allmond; the first issue appeared on 5-15-1890. At the time of this accession, the business is the longest continually running operation in Anacortes history. See also WF 0048. This building burned down sometime before 1897. ANACORTES AMERICAN 1890 [5-15] first issue of ANACORTES AMERICAN; published by Douglass Allmond and F. H. Boynton. AMERICAN Building bui

Image of WF 0057.A,B,C -

WF 0057.A,B,C -

View of Anacortes west from Cap Sante. Many of the old buildings of the "Boom" were built or in construction by the fall of 1890. Following structures are visible from far upper left corner to right: Anacortes Hotel, McNaught Building on 8th Street; center is the Platt Building at 4th and P. Taylor Hotel is visible at the far right. Note split-rail fencing in foreground. Trestle-like arrangement at left center may be precursor to either the "Cap Sante motor bridge", which was dismantled in 1896 [ 04/23/1896 ANACORTES AMERICAN: The motor bridge between 10th Street and Cap Sante is being dismantled. Workmen have removed the planking and doubtless the heavy timbers will follow "]; or it could b

Image of WF 0089 -

WF 0089 -

"ANACORTES BOOSTER": view from Cap Sante toward the northwest: downtown Anacortes and Guemes Island. Several important structures are visible. Left to right: Methodist Episcopal Church (red/pink church at far center left) on corner of 8th and R; above church, and just to right, I.O.O.F. /Opera House on 6th between O and N; Pioneer Hotel on NW corner of Commercial and 6th (white building); Vendome Hotel on NE corner of Commercial and 6th (white building with black dome); white McNaught Building to right of tall tree at center; red brick Platt Building. This view of downtown from Cap Sante is very similar to WF 0087; it appears to be a view just slightly north of that photo. Railroad trestle is

Image of WF 0108.A,B,C - Anacortes Post Office 1890-1895

WF 0108.A,B,C - Anacortes Post Office 1890-1895

Curtis - Childs Building 4th St. at Q Ave. Anacortes. Seven men and one woman stand in front of this building, constructed to hold the Post Office on the corner of 4th and Q. On 2-22-1890, the ANACORTES PROGRESS reported, "Post Office to be erected at corner of 4th and Q." On 5-15--1890, the paper stated, "Post Office nearly completed on corner of 4th and Q." In the 1-22-1891, issue of the ANACORTES AMERICAN Childs discussed the history of the Anacortes Post Office. The Post office was housed at that location until c. 1895 when W. G. Beard became postmaster and moved the Post Office to the Platt Building at the corner of 4th and P/Commercial. The Green Tree Hotel (shown on 1890 Sanborn Ma

Image of WF 0109.A,B -

WF 0109.A,B -

Interior of Platt Building Post Office, SW corner of 4th and P/Commercial. William G. Beard, pictured on right side of photo, served as postmaster from 1895 to 1898 and moved the Post Office to the Platt Building during his term. That building was then referred to as "Post Office building" in city directories for a while. This view of a Post Office interior has been labeled (by Wallie Funk on the back of photo) as being the 4th and Q Post Office, but Beard moved the Post Office from there to the Platt Building. It is possible that the facade of the 4th and Q Post Office "window" was removed and installed at the Platt Building location. A woman is also visible in the Post Office window; she is

Image of WF 0117.A,B - Platt Building, 4th and Commercial

WF 0117.A,B - Platt Building, 4th and Commercial

The Platt Building on the SW corner of P/Commercial and 4th was the first brick building on Fidalgo Island. It was built by John Platt during the summer of 1890. The ANACORTES AMERICAN reported on 7-31-1890, "Platt bank building will be done in 30 days." On 10-9-1890, "The New Bank ... Fine store and Offices ... To John Platt is due the credit and honor of building and occupying the first brick block to be erected upon Fidalgo Island." Note the chimneys and roofline which are distinctly different from their appearance today. This view shows the following businesses on the ground floor, from the left: Wismolek and Altman (groceries and crockery); S. A. Hartmann and Co. clothing store; Pla

Image of WF 0118 -

WF 0118 -

The Platt Building on the SW corner of P/Commercial and 4th was the first brick building on Fidalgo Island. It was built by John Platt during the summer of 1890. The ANACORTES AMERICAN reported on 7-31-1890, "Platt bank building will be done in 30 days." On 10-9-1890, "The New Bank ... Fine store and Offices ... To John Platt is due the credit and honor of building and occupying the first brick block to be erected upon Fidalgo Island." Note the chimneys and roofline which are distinctly different from their appearance today. Also note the planked sidewalks, street crossing, and streets. Businesses visible on ground floor: E. Kasch and Co.; Louis Foss's Anacortes Mercantile Company. 2nd

Image of WF 0119.A,B,C -

WF 0119.A,B,C -

The Platt Building on the SW corner of P/Commercial and 4th was the first brick building on Fidalgo Island. It was built by John Platt during the summer of 1890. The ANACORTES AMERICAN reported on 7-31-1890, "Platt bank building will be done in 30 days." On 10-9-1890, "The New Bank ... Fine store and Offices ... To John Platt is due the credit and honor of building and occupying the first brick block to be erected upon Fidalgo Island." Note the chimneys and roofline which are distinctly different from their appearance today. Also note the paved sidewalk. W. V. Wells, who owned the building at this time, was one of the few Commercial Avenue property owners who voluntarily paved his sidewalks.

Image of WF 0120 - Bank of Anacortes

WF 0120 - Bank of Anacortes

The Bank of Anacortes on the SW corner of 4th and P/Commercial was the second bank erected by John Platt in Anacortes. The first was a wood-framed building that occupied this spot. On 1-11-1890, the ANACORTES PROGRESS reported, "Platt's bank building will be put up on the corner of 4th and P streets, work commencing at once." On 2-8-1890, the paper reported that Platt hoped to have his bank open within one week. On 5-22-1890, the ANACORTES AMERICAN reported the wood-frame bank building "is being moved 100' south of its old location where it will still be used as a bank while new bank building is built of brick." On 10-9-1890, the paper reported, "To John Platt is due the credit and honor of b

Image of WF 0124 - Sunset Telephone and Telegraph

WF 0124 - Sunset Telephone and Telegraph

Sunset Telephone and Telegraph Co. was one of three telephone companies set up to operate in Anacortes. West Coast Telephone, and Independent Telephone were the other two. Josie Trulson, telephone operator, is shown working in the Sunset office located on the second floor of the Platt Building at 4th and Commercial. She worked here from September 1897 until July 10, 1902. (See portrait of her, WF 0753.) On 6-25-1891, the ANACORTES AMERICAN reported that Sunset Telephone and Telegraph applied to the City Council for a franchise to erect telephone poles and service in Anacortes. On 6-12-1902, the paper reported that 103 telephones were in service in the city. For a later view of this same o

Image of WF 0138 - Anacortes American exterior

WF 0138 - Anacortes American exterior

The ANACORTES AMERICAN began publication on May 15, 1890, under the ownership of Douglass Allmond and F. H. Boynton. Allmond soon bought out Boynton. ANACORTES AMERICAN 1890 [5-15] first issue of ANACORTES AMERICAN; published by Douglass Allmond and F. H. Boynton. AMERICAN Building built at SE corner of 10th and M. 1897 [11-25] AMERICAN offices have moved to room 1 and 2, Post Office [Platt] Building. 1900 ANACORTES AMERICAN (Douglass Allmond) Bank block 1902 paper published from Wells [Platt] Building; Allmond leaves paper 1905 east side of Commercial near 8th; F.H. Barnett proprietor 1906 [8-2] paper purchases property for new office on 6th Street [This appears to not ha

Image of WF 0261.006 -

WF 0261.006 -

NW corner of Commercial and 5th. Diamond store, started in 1938, is on the ground floor of the Empire Building. North of the Empire Building is the Nelson Building with rounded windows above the marquee. The Platt Building is visible on the SW corner of 4th and Commercial.

Image of WF 0231.A,B - Commercial and 6th

WF 0231.A,B - Commercial and 6th

View of Commercial/P Avenue looking north toward Guemes Channel from 6th Street. P Avenue changed to Commercial Avenue on January 23, 1902, by order of City Ordinance No. 240. The white building visible at left, foreground, is the Pioneer Building (NW corner of 6th and P), which was partly made up of the old Nobar Hotel. The ANACORTES AMERICAN reported on 8-25-1898, "V. Funk has bought the northwest corner of 6th and P and will move the old Nobar building to the recently acquired realty and occupy it with his stock of groceries." That move was completed in December 1898. The 3-30-1899 edition reported, "V. Funk's building at the corner of 6th and P is being remodeled inside and out and when c