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Catalog Number WF 0545
Caption March's Point
Description Charles Judd photo showing road on northwest tip of March's Point. View looks northeast toward Guemes Island [left side of photo], Huckleberry and Saddlebag islands [center], and Hat Island [far right]. Curve in road at right edge of photo is photographed in WF 0546. March's Point was originally mapped as Sachem Point by Charles Wilkes's 1842 U. S. Exploring Expedition. The point was of great significance to the region's Indian tribes, who had several villages on the point and regularly burned over the point's natural prairie lands to encourage the growth of native edible plants. The first recorded white to settle on the tip of this point was O. V. Russell. A "quiet, peaceable, harmless old man", Russell was found "cruelly and barbarously murdered on the beach at his residence" on 7-29-1863. [P. R. Jeffcott, NOOKSACK TAILS AND TRAILS, p. 414] Hiram March, of Whatcom, subsequently filed on Russell's claim. March, 2-18-1826 to 2-1905, was born in Vermont and trained as a stone-cutter of cemetery monuments. He came West for the California Gold Rush and met James Kavanaugh in 1854. He and Kavanaugh headed to Canada for the Fraser River Gold Rush in 1858. Thereafter, both March and Kavanaugh moved to Whatcom. Kavanaugh, who would move to March's Point in1865, noted in his diary on 10-28-1863, "Commenced taking down a house in Whatcom with [Hiram] March. He intends taking it to his claim on Perry's Island." (Perry's Island was the name given to Fidalgo Island by U. S. Exploring Expedition.) The point subsequently became known as March's Point.
Date 1910 c.
Photographer JUDD, Charles LeRoy
Collection Wallie Funk Collection
Subjects Photograph
Place - Fidalgo Island

Credit line Donated by Wallie Funk, Wallie Funk Collection
Place Fidalgo Island, WA
Search Terms March's Point
Guemes Island
Huckleberry Island
Saddlebag Island
Hat Island
Object Name Print, Photographic