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Catalog Number WF 0242
Caption Commercial and 7th
Description This view looks south on Commercial Avenue from 7th. The photo was probably taken from the upper floor of the Keystone Building, constructed in 1910. On the left (east) side of the photo (SE corner of Commercial and 7th) is the Citizen Bank Building. The 1-25-1906, ANACORTES AMERICAN reported the bank's construction by W. T. Odlin. Kineth and Wiggens Dry Goods Store is visible on the SE corner of 7th and Commercial. Kineth and Wiggens originated in Coupeville, Whidbey Island, in the 1890s; the 4-5-1906 paper reported Kineth and Wiggens purchased Henry C. Howard grocery; the 5-3-1906 issue reported that they purchased "two buildings" on the corner of 8th and Commercial. "New Wilson" Hotel is visible on SW corner of 8th and Commercial. Note sign for "New Wilson" on the edge of the building. In June 1911, Valentine Funk suggested the hotel be called the "Hotel San de Fuca"; shortly afterward it was referred to as the "New Wilson". Slippers Furniture Store is visible on the NW corner of 8th and Commercial; in 1910 it had been located on the ground floor of the Keystone Building. Note the dirt/gravel condition of Commercial Avenue. In 1902, Anacortes City Council passed a resolution to improve Commercial Avenue from Ocean Dock to 11th street by removing the old wooden planking installed in 1890. From 3rd to 11th streets the planking on Commercial was replaced by "cement gravel." Not until 1914 was Commercial Avenue paved. Also note street lighting hanging above the intersection.
Photographer Unknown
Collection Wallie Funk Collection
Subjects Place - Anacortes, WA
Place - Commercial Avenue
Transportation - Land
Structure - Business
Animal - Horse
Credit line Donated by Wallie Funk, Wallie Funk Collection
Place Anacortes, WA
Search Terms Commercial Avenue
Keystone Building
Citizen Bank Building
Kineth and Wiggens Dry Good Store
Hotel San DeFuca
Slippers Furniture Store
cement gravel
New Wilson Hotel
Object Name Postcard