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 page 337
2 An Illustrated History of Skagit and Snohomish Counties page 100, Interstate Publishing Company, 1906

Anna Curtis