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'Friday Harbor in Song:' Music about our town

An early 1900s street scene, downtown Friday Harbor. You can obtain copies of historic photos for a fee from the San Juan Historical Society, 378-3949. Or buy
An early 1900s street scene, downtown Friday Harbor. You can obtain copies of historic photos for a fee from the San Juan Historical Society, 378-3949. Or buy 'Friday Harbor,' by Mike and Julia Vouri and the San Juan Historical Society, published by Arcadia Publishing Co.
— image credit: San Juan Historical Museum

The Town of Friday Harbor celebrates its centennial Feb. 9. On Feb. 2, 1909, residents voted 70-55 to incorporate Friday Harbor as a fourth-class town. On Feb. 8, the San Juan County Commission counted the ballots in a public session, then signed the incorporation document. The county auditor transmitted the document to the Secretary of State's office and incorporation took effect the following day.

In the last 100 years, our seaside village has inspired artists, authors, journalists, musicians and poets.

SanJuanJournal.com brings the music to you in this "Friday Harbor in Song" series. The series begins with the Battlefield Band's "Leaving Friday Harbor."

"Leaving Friday Harbor" was written by John McCusker in 1999 and is taken from the album of the same name.

"This tune takes its name from the small port on San Juan Island which lies in the straits between the State of Washington Coast and Vancouver Island," McCusker wrote. "We have had some great concerts there and it is a lovely place, with a lovely name and it deserves this lovely tune!"

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