Town’s Pioneer Monument has 85th anniversary year


September 29, 2021

STILL STANDING TALL AT 85 YEARS –The Pioneer Monument, 12 feet tall, to be exact, at the roundabout just outside La Conner’s town limits, was erected in 1936 to honor the area’s early pioneers and dedicated on Pioneer Picnic – the first Thursday in August. – Photo by Ken Stern

It is the first, and in historic terms, the most lasting image motorists entering town from the east and north have of La Conner.

Pioneer Monument, the iconic granite shaft with pictorial reliefs of early Skagit Valley scenes around its base, has stood in the present roundabout area for 85 years, an enduring symbol made possible by a tireless fundraising campaign conducted here during the Great Depression.

Installed in 1936 to honor the area’s early pioneers, the 12-foot monument was formally dedicated that year on Pioneer Picnic Day – Aug. 6, the first Thursday of the month &ndas...

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