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Catalog Number WF 0056
Description Arch at 8th and I Avenue celebrating "Transcontinental Railroad Connection". Arch stating "Anacortes Greets Her Sister Cities of the Northwest" was erected at 8th Street and I Avenue to celebrate establishment of "Transcontinental connection with Fidalgo Island and city of New York." On November 27, 1890, the ANACORTES AMERICAN devoted the entire front page to this event with banner headline: "Ocean to Ocean-Fidalgo and Manhattan Island the Extreme Terminals - From Anacortes to New York by Rail - Completion of the NPRR [Northern Pacific Railroad] to Anacortes and Arrival of its First Train through City." [note: this was NOT the first train in Anacortes; see WF 0005 for photo of that event. WF 0056 is celebration of completion "of the northern extension of the Lake Shore Railroad" a branch line of the Northern Pacific.] Extensive ANACORTES AMERICAN article reported 2 special trains came to town for event, one from Portland and Tacoma, another from Seattle. Northern Pacific officials issued 600 invitations for event and banquet. {see WF 0058} To greet these guests, "Two handsome arches erected on avenues I and P ... draped with flags and bunting". This photo shows the I Avenue arch. [see WF 0006 for P Avenue arch and additional information]. McNaught Building is visible at the right.

Failing to build a railroad across the North Cascades, promoters simply declared Anacortes to be "the Sound terminus of the Northern Pacific Railway", but it was via Tacoma, Seattle, and Woolley. Dignitaries celebrated the arrival by building the two arches and holding banquets in an attempt to make a profit or to recover investments.
Date 1890, Nov 25
Photographer EWING, David B. (probably, see notes)
Collection Wallie Funk Collection
Subjects Event - Transcontinental RAILROAD Connection
Place - Anacortes, WA
Structure - Arch
Structure - Business
Transportation - Railroad
Credit line Donated by Wallie Funk, Wallie Funk Collection
Place Anacortes, WA
Search Terms arch
Transcontinental railroad connection
I Avenue arch
McNaught Building
Majestic Inn
Object Name Print, Photographic