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Ever heard of a quasquicentennial? Well, Anacortes had that anniversary on Thursday, May 19, when the City celerated the 125th anniversary of its incorporation.

An anniversary celebration event is set for 5 pm Monday, May 23, in front of City Hall, where a new Bill Mitchell mural of former Mayor Dean Maxwell and a newly restored mural of Anacortes’ first mayor, Capt. Frank V. Hogan, will be unveiled. Maxwell was the longest serving mayor in the city’s history, and Hogan was the first mayor. A reception will follow.

The exhibit, which opens on the official anniversary day, details the city’s history from its boom days to today, as viewed through the lens of the City departments that have provided its citizens with both essential services (think water, streets, police and fire suppression) and enhancements to their quality of life (such as a library, museum, and parks and recreation).

Did you know that citizens once legally heaved their trash off a bluff into Guemes Channel, at a site that is now a new Guemes Trail access? The site was chosen because residents were sick of rats and foul smells from the older dump at Commercial and 13th.

Or did you know that Capt. Frank V. Hogan, was not the first man who was elected to serve as Mayor of Anacortes? That first goes to George F. Kyle, who never served.

Learn about these fun facts and more, and about the many ways city government has made life better for its citizens for 125 years.

The exhibit also complements the recent publication by the Anacortes Museum of Wallie Funk’s “Pictures of the Past: Celebrating 125 Years of Anacortes History.