Anderson Island Washington

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Overview

Anderson Island is the southernmost island in Puget Sound and is located in Pierce County in Washington State. Access to Anderson Island is by a ferry operated by Piece County or by private boat. The ferry ride is approximately twenty minutes and is one of the most enjoyable ways we know to spend 20 minutes.

Anderson Island is approximately 7.75 square miles in size. Around 1100 people call Anderson Island home year round. During the summer the population swells to over 4000. Named in 1841 by Charles Wilkes to repay the efforts of Mr. Anderson and Captain McNeill. Anderson Island has played a role in the commerce of the Puget Sound region. Starting in the 1870’s the sale of wood to the wood burning steamers that were used on Puget Sound was the primary industry on Anderson Island. Later brick making, farming and fishing were the industries that kept the island going.

 

Sunset over Anderson Island by Barabra Sharts

Anderson Island Cemetery Records

I was surfing the Internet tonight and while searching for things related to Anderson Island I found a web page that has a list of the people who are buried in the Anderson Island Cemetery. At first this kind of gave me the chills then I realized that web pages like...

Books About Anderson Island

Doing a bit of reading about Anderson Island and I came across two titles that appear to be quite interesting. Both are written by Hazel Heckman and are published by the University of Washington Press. I was able to find both title at the Tacoma Public Library...

Anderson Island Historical Society Gala Open House May 1st. 2010

The Anderson Island Historical Society is holding a Gala Open House on May 1st. 2010. The Open House is to celebrate the 35th. anniversary of the Anderson Island Historical Society. The open house will be held at The Johnson Farm. There will be tours, food, speeches,...