Leque Island from bridge to Camano Island over the Ovenell Farm. Snow geese are in the distance. circa 2003
Until the last few weeks if you looked south while driving over the bridge from Stanwood to Leque Island you saw what were once the farms of the Eide, Leque and Smith families. The island was formed when these farmers came to Stanwood in the late 19th century. They created the island by diking the wetlands at the mouth of the Stillaguamish River where it forked towards Port Susan to the south and Skagit Bay to the West. Diking created farmland to grow their hay, oats and wheat.
This view looked over West Pass of the Stillaguamish River toward what was Leque Island. Dikes that surrounded the “island” were removed this month. Now the island is flooded and there is a raised dike on the North side recently reinforced to protect Stanwood from high tides. The Eide House was still there at the time of the photograph (2003) with snow geese in the background. Farming became impractical and in the 1990s the families sold their farms to the Washington State Dept. of Fish and Wildlife. For a history of Leque Island read here.
Join us for Jerry Magelssen’s updated “Historic Camano Barns” Program Oct 20.
One of the barns featured will undoubtedly be the Iverson Barn below. Don’t miss it! The barn in the photograph below is the Iverson Barn built in 1913. It was used for crops, hay from the diked fields below. It was demolished in the early 2000s. Part of the original farm is Iverson Trail Preserve.
The above photograph is of the Iverson Barn, built in 1913. It stood above Livingston Bay for decades used by the Iverson Family. It had to be demolished for safety reasons in the early 2000s.
CAMANO ISLAND HERITAGE PRESERVATION AWARD BENEFIT BRUNCH
Camano Schoolhouse Foundation invites you to the 7th Annual Heritage Preservation Award Benefit Brunch at 11:00, Oct 12
Location: The Historic Camano City Schoolhouse located at 993 Orchid Rd (just off Chapman Road).
This year the Foundation is honoring Don Hopkins and his family for their dedication to preserving historic structures and who has been instrumental in painting the Utsalady Ladies Aid building, the Camano City Schoolhouse and Firehouse.
The featured guest speakers will be Jim and Malynda Shipley of The Crab Cracker. The delicious breakfast will be catered by Donna King.
Donations are used to restore and operate the 1906 Camano City Schoolhouse and the newly acquired Firehouse.
Reservations may be made at www.camanoschoolhouse.com. Call Chuck Durland for more information.