Guemes Island

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Guemes Island, WA

Guemes Island is a small island located just north of Anacortes in Skagit County, Washington. It is close to the San Juan Islands on the Southeast end of the island chain. The island is accessible by an 8 Minute ferry ride via the Guemes Island Ferry.  The total land area of the island is approximately 8.3 square miles. The population of Guemes Island is seasonal with about 244 people on off season and over 708 in the summer. The island has several parks and several locations for beach access.

Median household income: $59,091
Median house or condo value: $449,230
Median contract rent: $798
Unemployment: 3%
Residents below the poverty level: 8.6%
Median resident age: 60.2

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Guemes Island was named by the Spanish explorer José María Narváez as Isla de Güemes, during the 1791 expedition of Francisco de Eliza, in honor of the Viceroy of Mexico, Juan Vicente de Güemes Padilla Horcasitas y Aguayo, 2nd Count of Revillagigedo.[1][2]
In 1841 Charles Wilkes of the United States Exploring Expedition gave the name “Lawrence Island” to Guemes Island, to honor the American naval officer James Lawrence. He also gave the name “Hornet Harbor” to Guemes Channel, for the USS Hornet, which Lawrence commanded during the War of 1812. To the waterway north of the island, part of Bellingham Bay, Wilkes gave the name “Penguin Harbor”, for the British vessel Penguin, captured by Lawrence. These names disappeared after 1847, when the British Captain Henry Kellett reorganized the British Admiralty charts, in the process removing the “pro-American” names given by Wilkes and affirming pro-British names and Spanish names.[3]








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