Friday Harbor’s Historic Waterfront

Here’s another find from the family archive, the Friday Harbor dock in horse and buggy days… click on the photo for an enlarged view…

Friday Harbor Dock – McRae/Mullis family photo

Posted on February 13, 2018 at 5:30 am by

Categories: History


  1. Looks like Spring Street over at the far left, and the current Whale Museum building in the background at the far right, plus the old Gollywobbler restaurant that burned down. Peggy Sue, tell us what these two buildings were in earlier years.

    Comment by Louise Dustrude on February 13, 2018 at 7:49 am
  2. The Whale Museum building was Friday Harbor’s Oddfellow’s Hall. It was a large building so when the famous preacher Billy Sunday came to Town that is where he spoke. Also, a murder trial was conducted there… thus the legend of the Whale Museum ghost! I think the smaller building was a Sea Captain’s house but I will have to check with my history experts on that one.

    Comment by Peggy Sue McRae on February 13, 2018 at 10:10 am
  3. From Historian Mike Vouri, “Looks like the photograph was taken from the town float at the foot of Spring Street. The house was built by Jack Douglas, owner of the Saloon Best. He was married to Jesse Firth. They built the place in 1908-1909.” Thanks Mike!

    Comment by Peggy Sue McRae on February 13, 2018 at 11:17 am
  4. I think the picture was taken from the bow area of one of the large steamers that came to the island. Those steamers used that kind of rail on the bow and it looks like there is rigging going aft from the bow. Just a guess.

    Comment by Scott Benedict on February 13, 2018 at 5:51 pm

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