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Gig Harbor in Pierce County, Washington — The American West (Northwest)
 

Skansie Brothers Park

 
 
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By William Fischer, Jr., August 3, 2021
1. Skansie Brothers Park Marker
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Andrew and Bertha Skansie purchased this property just after the turn of the century, first building a cabin on the beach. In 1910 they constructed the brick home. Andrew was a young but accomplished stone mason, bringing the skill from Croatia when he immigrated in 1900. Andrew took advantage of the many large rocks and boulders on the nearby beach for the home's foundation. He also purchased a reported 16,000 bricks from a facility on Vashon Island at an amazing cost of a penny a piece.

All five of Andrew and Bertha's children were born in the home. The three male children spent the majority of their lives living here. Upon the death of Peter in 2002 the city of Gig Harbor purchased the property, marking the first time in nearly a century that members of the Andrew Skansie family were not in residence.

Andrew's sons, Vincent, Antone and Peter, took over the family's operation of the Avalon in 1940, a purse seiner owned by their father. Antone was the skipper and Vincent and Peter played a vital role in the family fishing operation. The brothers lived in the house and kept up the property, retaining much of the original
Skansie Brothers Park Marker and Sign image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., August 3, 2021
2. Skansie Brothers Park Marker and Sign
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state to this day. The Skansie Brothers' vision to see the property preserved has helped make it the public park it is today.

[Photo captions, top and bottom, read]
• Andrew Skansie home, circa 1910

• Skansie Family L-R
Antone A, Andrew (father), Clementina, Peter B., Jeroma, Bertha, Vincent (Vincie)
 
Erected by City of Gig Harbor.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Industry & CommerceParks & Recreational AreasSettlements & Settlers. A significant historical year for this entry is 1910.
 
Location. 47° 19.826′ N, 122° 34.9′ W. Marker is in Gig Harbor, Washington, in Pierce County. Marker is on Harborview Drive, on the right when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 3211 Harborview Dr, Gig Harbor WA 98335, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Lost At Sea (within shouting distance of this marker); Explore Gig Harbor Wildwaters (within shouting distance of this marker); First Settlers (within shouting distance of this marker); Skansie Netshed & House (within shouting distance of this marker); Fishing Family Memorial Anchor (within shouting distance of this marker); Across the Bay (within shouting distance of this marker); Our First Sawmill
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(within shouting distance of this marker); Birth of the Business District (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Gig Harbor.
 
Also see . . .
1. Skansie Brothers Park. (Submitted on August 21, 2021, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
2. Skansie Netshed (Harbor History Museum Blog, 2013). (Submitted on August 21, 2021, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
3. Andrew & Bertha Skansie Net Shed and House National Register Registration Form. (Submitted on August 21, 2021, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on August 21, 2021. It was originally submitted on August 21, 2021, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 38 times since then. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on August 21, 2021, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.

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