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Catalog Number WF 0258.A,B,C
Caption Paving Commercial/21st
Description This view shows the crew paving Commercial for first time and was taken at 21st Street, looking north. It gives an excellent view of homes and outbuildings in the "Southside", as this section of Anacortes, south of where Fidalgo Bay intersected Commercial, was known at this time. Note the composition of the Washington Paving Company asphalt crew. The 6-25-1914, ANACORTES AMERICAN reported, "Negroes have bulge on job of laying asphalt." The article stated that the "asphaltum process of paving was discovered and patented by a Venezuela Negro. The patent rights are now owned in this country but the inventor refused to sell until the purchasers agreed that only members of the colored race should be employed in laying asphalt paving and this agreement is carried out as closely as possible. In this section of the country where there are not many Negroes, occasionally one sees a few white men working with asphalt laying crews." This photo gives an excellent view of how Commercial Avenue was paved through the late-1940s. It had a center strip of pavement with dirt "thoroughfares" on either side of the avenue, bordering the curbs, to save money. See Dave Milholland oral history of 9-2000 for additional information on these unpaved thoroughfares and the havoc they wreaked on drivers' tires. For additional views of paving on Commercial, see WF 0257, 0259, 0260.
Photographer JUDD, Charles LeRoy
Collection Wallie Funk Collection
Subjects Place - Anacortes, WA
Place - Commercial Avenue
People
Transportation - Land
Structure - Business
Structure - Residence
Tool & Equipment
Animal - Horse
Credit line Donated by Wallie Funk, Wallie Funk Collection
Place Anacortes, WA
Search Terms Commercial Avenue
paving
Southside
Fidalgo Bay
thoroughfares
Washington Paving Company
Negroes
asphalt crew
Object Name Print, Photographic