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Catalog Number WF 0324
Caption Bellingham Tulip Festival
Description Anacortes float modeled after new "Anacortes-Victoria International Ferry" shown participating in the Bellingham Tulip Festival parade. This yearly event showcased Bellingham during the 1920s prior to the move of tulip farmers to the Skagit Valley. It brought visitors to town and provided inspiration for Anacortes to begin its own yearly festival in 1937 with the Marineers' Pageant. This float advertised the new ferry which had just begun and which brought a much-needed boost to the Anacortes economy as tourists discovered the route. That year the ANACORTES AMERICAN reported, "The ferry to Sidney is very successful and attracts thousands of visitors. Puget Sound Navigation plans further development of ferry runs into the San Juan Islands." That flow of tourists through Anacortes encouraged the town to become a member of the Puget Sounders Association, a tourist advertising bureau; see 2-12-1925, ANACORTES AMERICAN. The move paid off; auto ferry traffic gained 15% that year and the ANACORTES AMERICAN reported "capacity crowds travel to Sidney on July 9." By 1926, Bellingham itself was "in" on the economic payoffs of the ferry route when a new "triangular ferry service" opened between Bellingham, Victoria, and Anacortes. See the 5-20-1926, ANACORTES AMERICAN. The 5-13-1926, issue reported that the Skagit County float at that year's Tulip Festival was a model of the Cascade Highway, a project energetically supported by the Anacortes community. See also WF 0323 and 5466.
Photographer SANDISON, J. Wilbur
Collection Wallie Funk Collection
Subjects Place - Bellingham
Event - Parade
Organization - City
Credit line Donated by Wallie Funk, Wallie Funk Collection
Place Bellingham, WA
Search Terms Bellingham Tulip Festival
Marineers' Pageant
Anacortes-Sydney ferry
Puget Sound Navigation
San Juan Islands
triangular ferry service
Cascade Highway
Object Name Invitation