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Catalog Number WF 0552
Caption Munks Landing
Description View of Munks Landing on west side of March's Point. William Munks, 1822-1897, was born in Canton, Ohio. He fought in the Mexican-American War, took part in the California Gold Rush, served as a scout and interpreter for the Indian Department of Oregon Territory, traded along the Columbia River, served on the International Boundary Commission in 1857 as it established the boundary between Canada and the U.S., and participated in the Fraser River Gold Rush when he operated a trading post at Yale. Munks visited Fidalgo Island in 1859, and returned to stake a claim on Enoch Compton's old homestead in late-1860. (See photo of Munks home: WF 0003.] Munks established this trading post, visible on left side of his wharf, in 1871, where Fidalgo Island's first post office opened in February of that year.( See "new Post Office," DAILY TRIBUNE, 2-25-1871.) He built this wharf in 1872 and Munks Landing served as the focal point of the island's boat traffic for the next decade. (For additional information on Munks, see FIRST VIEWS: AN EARLY HISTORY OF SKAGIT COUNTY, p. x, 18-19, 37-40.) Photo published in CHECHACOS ALL, p. 25.
Date 1890 c.
Photographer Unknown
Collection Wallie Funk Collection
Subjects Photograph
Place - Fidalgo Island
Animal - Horse
Structure - Dock
Credit line Donated by Wallie Funk, Wallie Funk Collection
Place Fidalgo Island, WA
Search Terms March's Point
Munks Landing
gold rush
International Boundary Commission
trading post
post office
Object Name Print, Photographic