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All About Anacortes, Washington

- by Jodie Vinson

Anacortes lies in the Pacific Ocean on Fidalgo Island, with the San Juan Islands and the Puget Sound to the North and Swinomish Channel on the East. Because it sits in the rain shadow of the Olympic Mountains, it remains dryer than the typical Northwest destinations, so that residents and visitors enjoy a pleasant, mild climate year round. Anacortes lies at midpoint between Seattle and Vancouver, offering an immediate natural setting that rivals both these cities.

It was settled in 1877 and given the name Anacortes, an amalgamation of the name Anna Curtis Bowman, wife of Amos Bowman, who founded the town. The town hoped to be the terminus of the transcontinental railroad, but instead turned to lumber and fishing industries as the foundations of its commerce. Two large oil refineries began contributing to the town's economy in the 1950's. Today shipbuilding and tourism also contribute as major industries in Anacortes, as its extensive marinas welcome visitors and provide safe harbor for those wishing to explore the nearby San Juan Islands.

Community Links:

Anacortes Chamber of Commerce

City of Anacortes Community Directory

Port of Anacortes

Anacortes Now Community Blog

Anacortes Farmers Market

Anacortes Arts Festival

Anacortes Yacht Club

Fiodelgo Yacht Club

Anacortes Marine Trades Association

Anacortes Community Theatre

Island Cam Live Camera Web Site for the San Juan Islands