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Catalog Number WF 0553
Caption Munks Hotel
Description View of Munks Hotel on west side of March's Point. William Munks, 1822-1897, was born in Canton, Ohio. He fought in the Mexican-American War, took part in the California Gold Rush, served as a scout and interpreter for the Indian Department of Oregon Territory, traded along the Columbia River, served on the International Boundary Commission in 1857 as it established the boundary between Canada and the U.S., and participated in the Fraser River Gold Rush when he operated a trading post at Yale. Munks visited Fidalgo Island in 1859, and returned to stake a claim on Enoch Compton's old homestead in late-1860. (See photo of Munks home: WF 0003.]

Munks built this hotel in anticipation of the Anacortes Boom, brought on by the railroad's arrival in August of 1890. The boom never materialized and Munks incurred heavy debt for the construction and furnishing of the hotel, debt that passed to his widow, Olive, when he died in 1897. The hotel was torn down in 1912 and the wood used for other structures on the farm. For additional information on Munks, see FIRST VIEWS: AN EARLY HISTORY OF SKAGIT COUNTY, p. x, 18-19, 37-40.
Date 1890 c.
Photographer Unknown
Collection Wallie Funk Collection
Subjects Photograph
Place - Fidalgo Island
Structure - Hotel
Credit line Donated by Wallie Funk, Wallie Funk Collection
Place Fidalgo Island, WA
Search Terms March's Point
Munks Landing
gold rush
International Boundary Commission
trading post
post office
Anacortes Boom
Object Name Print, Photographic