|Catalog Number||WF 2126|
View from west side of Fidalgo Bay looking northeast toward Weaverling Spit, with March's Point and Mt. Baker visible in the rear. The spit was named for James and Frances Weaverling who settled on the west side of Fidalgo Bay in the late-1870s, giving their name to Weaverling Spit. They filed on their claim in 1887. The 1880 U.S. Census shows the following: James, 64, farmer, born in Pennsylvania; Frances, 50, keeps house, born in Vermont; Charles, 21, farm laborer, born in Illinois; Myra, 14, born in Illinois; May, 14, born in Illinois; Liberty, 12, born in Missouri; Ida, 10, born in Missouri. Ida later married Will Sharpe of the Sharpe family near Rosario.
The spit became a popular picnic and camping spot in the early 1900s, often called Sunrise Park, and the site served as the meeting place for many Old Settlers Picnics (Pioneer Picnic). [See 7-29-1920 ANACORTES AMERICAN, "Old Settlers Picnic."] The 7-10-1919 edition reported the "Weaverling Spit picnic grounds filled to overflowing." On 4-13-1922 it reported on plans for improving the picnic grounds with the addition of a "combination bathhouse and dancing pavilion ... two stories in height with a bathhouse on lower floor and the dancing pavilion over it with a veranda extending out over the water." On 7-5-1928 it stated, "Picnic tables built at Weaverling Spit." The article stated that the spit was now available for swimming and picnicking through an effort of the Elks and Commercial Club in Anacortes.
There was apparently also a mine on the spit at one time. The 8-12-1920 issue reported that contractors were to explode 75 tons of high explosives on the point, blow off the old mine, and "lift the whole point off and break it up to a great extent. Rock will be used for riprapping fill being put in across Fidalgo Bay."
|Collection||Wallie Funk Collection|
Place - Fidalgo Island
|Credit line||Donated by Wallie Funk, Wallie Funk Collection|