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Blooming Allium in May ~ LaConner, Washington
Located in western Skagit County, LaConner was once county seat and most populous town in the Skagit Valley. Bounded by farmland, the Swinomish Channel and the Swinomish Indian Reservation, it was an up-to-date town and lively terminus for river steamers bringing timber and lumber down from the upper Skagit, and port for farm commodities grown in the surrounding delta flatlands. Its brief county seat status was lost to Mount Vernon in 1883 and a series of economic misfortunes caused the town to slowly fade and be left in the backwaters for decades. With its sweeping waterfront and business district overseen by “The Hill,” the wooded, residential midtown bluff, it’s a scenic, historic time capsule. The inherent beauty of the environs, the atmospherics, and the cheap rent of the moldering town attracted artists and eccentrics. In 1937, Morris Graves (1910-2001), who was to become a painter of international renown, came to town and brought his artist friends. These bohemians mixed with rough and tumble fishermen, tow boatmen, and farm hands. Resident novelist Tom Robbins says of the town they created: "That this was an intersection of art and fishing and farming is what’s interesting and unusual and singular to this community”
522 views ~ 13 April 2011
Featured NOSTALGIC ART & PHOTOGRAPHY ~ 4 Oct 2009
Featured in OLD THINGS group Fall-Winter 2009
Featured PACIFIC NW by Barbara Applegate ~ 08 March 2010.
Featured in OLD THINGS group 14 July 2010
Runner-up in “Places of Learning” challenhe in UNIQUE BUILDINGS OF THE WORLD group
Featured in WINDOWS WITH FLAIR group ~ 13 April 2011
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