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Anacortes – The Perfect Port

The land drew white settlers to the place that would be called Anacortes. Good, rich, free, plentiful land…to own, to live on and to farm. Enoch Compton and William Munks and Hiram March arrived around 1860…

Anacortes, The Perfect Port, John Sabella’s new documentary, begins with the arrival of the first white settlers at this historic Washington townsite as it emerges from the coastal forest and experiences cycles of growth, decline and rebirth.

The program ranges back and forth through millennia, from the age of ice when glaciers shaped the Pacific Northwest landscape, through the centuries when the Samish and Swinomish were the unchallenged Salmon People of the Pacific Northwest, through generations of European settlement that produced dynamic fishing and timber industries, to the retirement community of the present day.


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About Chris Terrell

Longtime Anacortes resident Chris Terrell captures his views of our community through his website Pictures That Matter.

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