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Catalog Number D.IX.008
Caption Curtis Wharf
Description Curtis Wharf Company on the Curtis Dock at the foot of O Street on Guemes Channel waterfront. Melville Curtis started the business at the Curtis Wharf sometime between 1903 and 1905 by establishing a "coal and builders supply" at the foot of O Ave. By 1910 the Curtis Dock was listed regularly in the City Directory, a listing that continued through the 1962 phone book; there was no listing in the 1975 directory. The wharf was demolished in September 1992 despite efforts to preserve it. The 1917 City Directory listing [below] is the most extensive for the Curtis Wharf Company, and gives a good idea of the type of activities occurring there. Curtis also started the Anacortes Ice Company at the foot of O Avenue at his wharf. Its first listing at Curtis Wharf is th 1910 City Directory. Curtis died in March 1925. Note the Standard Oil Company dock in the foreground; the company first appeared in the city directory in 1912. Note the people going up the gangway of the steamer Kulshan at far left. The 8-25-1972 ANACORTES AMERICAN ran an ad for the steamer which served Seattle to Bellingham, with stops in Anacortes [ docked at Curtis Dock] for the Puget Sound Navigation Company. The Freighter SELKIRK is tied up to the Curtis Dock between it and the Standard Oil Dock. The Taylor Hotel is visible at right rear - white building with "Hotel" on side.

1917 Listing
Curtis Wharf, Inc. Melville Curtis, president, coal and building material, Curtis Wharf Foot of O
Curtis Warehouse No. 1 Curtis Wharf
Curtis Warehouse No. 2 Foot of O
Curtis Wharf's sand and gravel bunkers Foot of N
American Express, Melville Curtis agent Curtis dock
Date 1927 c.
Photographer Unknown
Subjects Maritime
Place - Anacortes, WA
Structure - Business
Transportation - Maritime
Credit line Donated by Wallie Funk
Place Anacortes, WA
Search Terms Curtis Wharf Company
Standard Oil dock
KULSHAN
SELKIRK
coal and builders supply
Puget Sound Navigation Company
Taylor Hotel
Object Name Print, Photographic