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Catalog Number D.V.114
Caption Anacortes Lumber and Box Co.
Description Photo found in the ANACORTES AMERICAN on March 4, 1909. The caption reads: "Plant of the Anacortes Lumber & Box Company, Sawmill, Planing Mill and Largest Box Factory on the Pacific Coast, Employing 150 men." View of Anacortes Lumber & Box Company, looking northeast toward mill and Guemes Island. Mill was in business from c. 1904-1941 at 3rd and R Avenue. The mill was built on the original site of the Bowman Mill, constructed in 1890 at the foot of Cap Sante. In 1902 the Great Northern Mill opened on the Bowman Mill site but closed the following year. (See WF 0496.) In 1904 a third mill arose at the site: Anacortes Lumber & Box. The ANACORTES AMERICAN reported on 3-18-1909, "Improvements at Local Lumber Mill" "Anacortes Lumber & Box builds new building, installs new machinery." On 4-1-1909 it reported those improvements cost $10,000 and would increase the mill's capacity by "25,000 board feet per day." In 1911 Anacortes Lumber & Box was touted as the largest box factory on the Pacific Coast, a business almost lost that year due to fire , but "Eleven lines of hose and a favorable wind" saved the plant -- with a loss of $10,000. On 12-12-1929 it stated that Anacortes Lumber & Box was "one of the dependable bulwarks of the city." The mill was hit by two more major fires; the first was in February 1938. Another fire, far more disastrous, closed the mill in June 1941. (See WF 0481 and WF 5751-5764.) In 1942 this site was leased by Anacortes Shipways to build ships for the WWII effort. (See WF 1858.) The mill's smokestack was an important landmark in town after its construction in 1928. ANACORTES AMERICAN stated on 2-2-1928, "Concrete stack at ALB completed. 175' tall.") It was demolished in February 1999. See Brady photos of this mill: WF 2000-2013. The image was published in "Skagit County Grows Up", p.88; "ANACORTES AMERICAN" 6-25-1997. Photo was taken by Anacortes photographer Charles Judd to promote the proposed Anacortes, Sedro Woolley and Eastern Railroad, a line which was never built. The photographs of Skagit Valley scenes from Anacortes to Concrete were published in an undated book titled, "Views Along the Line of the Proposed Anacortes, Sedro-Woolley & Eastern Railway, C.L. Judd Photo, Anacortes, Wash." (Original in Anacortes Museum collection, D.XVI.020) The following article, found in the 7-3-1913 ANACORTES AMERICAN, helps date the images. "Anacortes & Eastern Railroad is progressing. Reports from Whidbey and LaConner indicate that surveys and preliminary work for the new Anacortes &Eastern are progressing rapidly."
Date 1909
Photographer JUDD, Charles LeRoy
Subjects Industry - Mill - Lumber
Place - Anacortes, WA
Structure - Business
Place Anacortes, WA
Search Terms Anacortes Lumber & Box Co.
Guemes Island
Bowman Mill
Great Northern Mill
board feet
box factory
fire
Anacortes Shipways
smokestack
Skagit County Grows Up
Anacortes, Sedro-Woolley & Eastern Railroad
Views Along the line of the Proposed Anacortes, Sedro-Woolley & Eastern Railroad
Object Name Print, Photographic