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Catalog Number WF 2314
Caption Memorial Highway dedication, Sept. 9, 1932
Description Images WF 2312 - 2316 document the dedication of Memorial Highway (State Route 536) linking Anacortes and Mt. Vernon. This image shows a long line of vehicles en route from Anacortes for Mt. Vernon where the dedication of the road was held in conjunction with that town's Harvest Festival. This view appears to be on Swinomish Flats, just east of the bridge over Swinomish Channel. The fourth and fifth vehicles are festooned with large banners that read "Anacortes."

Some of these photographs were published in both the BELLINGHAM HERALD and the 9-8-1932 ANACORTES AMERICAN. The highway was named Memorial Highway in honor of World War I veterans. Elm trees were planted along the highway by families of those veterans. The trees were cut down by the State Highway Department in the 1950s when electrical lines were installed alongside the road. Only a few trees still remain, most notably on Kincaid Street in Mt Vernon where the I-5 southbound off ramp meets Kincaid. See the 6-11-2002 SKAGIT VALLEY HERALD for an article on memorializing this road.
Date 1932, September 7
Photographer BRADY, Ferd
Collection Wallie Funk Collection
Subjects Place - Swinomish Flats
Transportation - Land
People
Credit line Donated by Wallie Funk, Wallie Funk Collection
Search Terms Memorial Highway
dedication
Harvest Festival
elm
tree
veteran
Kincaid Street
banner
Swinomish Channel
Object Name Print, Photographic