Signs inform Blaine waterfront visitors
The first three in a series of 11 waterfront interpretive signs designed to tell visitors about wildlife, local history and area geology are nearing completion and will be installed shortly at the Plover’s Semiahmoo landing.
The first three panels depict area wildlife visible from shore, including birds, fish, invertebrates and marine mammals.
The series is being painted in watercolor by Sedro Woolley artist Jim Engelhardt, a former art professor at the University of Idaho.
The project was conceived by Drayton Harbor Maritime (DHM) director Richard Sturgill and developed by DHM board member Meredith Goodman.
Funding came from local tourist taxes administered by the Blaine Tourism Advisory Committee (BTAC).
It comprised the city’s partner contribution to a large grant from the Washington State Historical Society’s Heritage Capital fund for historical preservation in Washington state which, with additional help from Trillium Corporation, allowed DHM to rebuild the Plover’s landing site.
Next to the old faded red commissary building, the site was originally used in the days when the boat served as a passenger ferry for Alaska Packer’s Association cannery workers.