Historical Interest: Industrial Park on Padilla Bay

Grassy beach

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During the 1950's, Skagit County proposed an industrial park that would cover almost the entire Padilla Bay. The plan required the in-filling Padilla Bay between March Point on Fidalgo Island and Samish Island. The plan was never implemented.

The actual drawings are located in the Padilla Bay Breazeale Interpretive Center near Bayview. Because glass is over the image, quality is somewhat limited. You are encouraged to stop by the center to view the originals.

Proposed Industrial Park, 1950's
This drawing from Skagit County is in the original frame at Padilla Bay Center. This photo has been over-marked with key location points for clarification. To see the original photo, without overmarking, click here.
Industrial Park Padilla Bay
An east-facing drawing of the infilled land of Padilla Bay, looking toward the Cascades, with Hat and Saddlebag Islands in the foreground and Samish Island on the left between Padilla Bay and Samish Bay.
Bayview Airport
This Photo of the Bayview Airport area was taken around 1983. The original photo is hanging on the wall of the Skagit Bayview Airport Terminal.
In the expanded photo you can see the Skagit Regional Airport, Bayview Technical Center, Bayview village, March Point, Samish Island, Highway 20 & Bridge over the Swinomish Slough.


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