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Catalog Number WF 0006.A,B,C,D
Description Archway of P Avenue (Commercial Avenue) stating "Portland, Tacoma, Seattle and Anacortes: Competitors Not Rivals" erected to celebrate establishment of "Transcontinental connection with Fidalgo Island and city of New York". On 11/27/1890 ANACORTES AMERICAN devoted 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 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 0006 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 that 2 special trains came to town for the event, one from Portland and Tacoma, another from Seattle. Northern Pacific officials issued 600 invitations for the 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 P Avenue arch. [See WF 0056 for I Avenue arch.] First train to arrive in town "passed 10th Street Depot and stopped at foot of Avenue I where Reception Committee awaited its arrival. People left the train cars and formed columns by fours and took up the line of march. Walked to 10th Street Depot where the second train arrived. Passengers joined and went down 10th to Avenue P and down P to banquet hall." WF 0006 shows railroad track down Avenue P [02/08/1890 ANACORTES PROGRESS: "The grading and planking of P street is well under way and work on the rail line will be resumed during the coming week." This track is not the Anacortes and Fidalgo City Electric railroad] Businesses shown: Drugstore, 2 hardware stores, LaRoche Photography. Platt building is visible at left center, Taylor Hotel at far center at left.
Date 1890, Nov. 25
Photographer EWING, David B.
Collection Wallie Funk Collection
Subjects Event - transcontinental railroad connection
Place - Anacortes, WA
Transportation - Railroad
Credit line Donated by Wallie Funk, Wallie Funk Collection
Place Anacortes, WA
Search Terms 1890
transcontinental railroad connection
arch
celebration
train
track
Object Name Print, Photographic