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Anna Curtis
Anne Curtis Bowman:
The Namesake of
ANACORTES 


In 1876 Mr. Amos Bowman asked his wife Anne to “select some spot in the Fucan Archipelago where she would consent to establish a home. This she did, and Mr. Bowman purchased a quarter section of land on the northeast corner of Fidalgo Island… and set about unfolding his views.”1  In 1879 “a post office 
was established there to which the maiden name of Mrs. Bowman, slightly corrupted in the interest of euphony, was applied, and 
thus the city of Anacortes had its inception.”
2

1 Atlantis Arisen by Mrs. Frances Fuller Victor p. 337
2 An Ilustrated History of Skagit and Snohomish Counties p. 100, Interstate Publishing Company, 1906




Anacortes Museum – 1305 8th Street, Anacortes, WA  98221 – (360) 293-1915