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Catalog Number WF 1276
Caption Causland Park
Description Causland Park is located between M and N avenues, and between 7th and 8th streets. Formerly known as the Great Northern Park after the railroad that originally owned the land, the open space was developed as a unique memorial park bordered by a colorful, patterned wall built of native rock form the San Juan Islands, to honor deceased World War I veterans. The park was designed by French-Canadian architect John Baptiste LePage (1857-1939) and named for Harry Causland of Guemes Island who was killed in Europe in 1918. The 8-4-1919, ANACORTES AMERICAN reported, "Work began this week on rock wall at Causland Park:" Architect LePage took men to Waldron Island where he found sandstone of quality and color for wall." Following its completion, Causland Park soon became a focal point for many city activities and a backdrop for important events such as Labor Day events and the Marineers' Pageant. This view shows the south entrance on 8th Street, between M and N avenues.

Information received from Jacqueline Haddon-Bohn, 02/26/2013: "The President of the United States of America, authorized by Act of Congress, July 9, 1918, takes pride in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross (Posthumously) to Private Harry L. Causland (ASN: 3133469), United States Army, for extraordinary heroism in action while serving with Company I, 357th Infantry Regiment, 90th Division, A.E.F., near Bantheville, France, 24 October 1918. Private Causland was acting as ammunition carrier for a machine gun which was supporting a raid on the enemy by the infantry. While this gun was being operated from a shell hole, its ammunition became exhausted and the corporal called back to the carriers, who were in shell holes 25 yards behind, to bring up more ammunition. Though the gun position was under heavy enemy fire, Private Causland called out, "I'll take it, " and rushed forward with two boxes of ammunition. Just as he reached the emplacement with the ammunition he was killed instantly by a machine-gun bullet."
Date 1930s c.
Photographer from the BRADY, Ferd collection
Collection Wallie Funk Collection
Subjects Structure - park
Credit line Donated by Wallie Funk, Wallie Funk Collection
Place Anacortes, WA
Search Terms Causland Park
Great Northern Park
memorial park
rock wall
architect
Guemes Island
city events
south entrance
Object Name Negative