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    (May 19, 1891- )
    Born in United States
    Population: 17,527 (2019)
    Located in Skagit County, Washington
    Part of the Mount Vernon-Anacortes Metropolitan Statistical Area
    Home to the Washington State Ferries terminal which serves the San Juan Islands
    Has four sister cities: Nikaho City (formerly Kisakata), Akita, Japan; Lomonosov, Russia; Sidney British Columbia, Canada and Vela Luka, Croatia
    A railroad surveyor named it after his wife.
    It doesn't have a very diverse population as 91.5% of it is white.
    It suffered a railroad bust after its promotion as the 'New York of the West' was a failure.
    The winter weather is cold and rainy.
    It tends to have a problem with property crime.
    An explosion at the Marathon Anacortes Refinery took place near the city, leaving seven people dead (April 2, 2010).
    It is a hotspot for recreation, boating and a terminus for people who want to travel to visit the San Juan Islands.
    Its notable natives and residents include fishing captain Jake Anderson, musician Phil Elverum, writer Richard Bachand, TechCrunch co-founder Michael Arrington, NASA astronaut William C. McCool and folk singer Burl Ives.
    It hosts events such as the flea market/town garage sale event, 'Shipwreck Day' every mid-July and the Pacific Northwest's largest motorcycle rally, he Oyster Run every September.
    Its record store/concert venue, The Business, has been labeled as the best record shop in Washington state.
    It is the western stopping point of the Northern Tier cross-country bicycle route.
    It tends to have warm weather due to the location of the rain shadow of the Olympic Mountains.
    Fishing and lumber were its big industries following the railroad bust.
    It is where the fiber art Tempestry Project started.

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