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Anacortes

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Anacortes is a city in Skagit County, Washington, United States. The name "Anacortes" is an adaptation of the name of Anne Curtis Bowman, who was the wife of early Fidalgo Island settler Amos Bowman. Anacortes' population was 15,778 at the time of the 2010 census. It is one of two principal cities of and included in the Mount Vernon-Anacortes Metropolitan Statistical Area.Anacortes is known for the Washington State Ferries dock and terminal serving Lopez Island, Shaw Island, Orcas Island, and San Juan Island, as well as Victoria, British Columbia (via Sidney, British Columbia) on Vancouver Island. There is also a Skagit County-operated ferry that serves Guemes Island, a residential island located across Guemes Channel, north of Anacortes.HistoryAnacortes was officially incorporated on May 19, 1891.In 1877, railroad surveyor and town founder Amos Bowman moved his family to the northern tip of Fidalgo Island. Bowman began promoting the area as an obvious terminus for the Northern Pacific Railroad as it was built through the north Cascades to the Pacific. Bowman established the town's first newspaper, The Northwest Enterprise, to promote his vision of the New York of the West.
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Predators of the Heart
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Rosario Beach
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Trails in Anacortes

Tommy Thompson Trail
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Tommy Thompson Trail
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Duration: 2 hours
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Guemes Channel Trail
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Parks in Anacortes

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Causland Memorial Park
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Duration: 30 minutes
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John Storvik Playground
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Nature in Anacortes

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Cranberry Lake
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