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Deception Pass Historical Marker


Location of sign - between Fidalgo Island and Whidbey Island in Washington


Photo taken -  June 2007


Deception Pass Historical Marker, Washington

Photo courtesy of Jimmy Wayne


Text of sign:


To the north of this narrow passage is Fidalgo Island, so named for the Spanish explorer, Lieutenant Salvador Fidalgo.  To the 

south is Whidbey Island, second largest island in the contiguous 48 states, which Captain George Vancouver, while exploring this

region in 1872, at first thought to be a peninsula.  Further exploration conducted by him disclosed the existence of this intricate

channel. Upon the realization that he had been deceived as to the character of the large island, Vancouver gave to this channel the

name Deception Passage and in naming the island he honored his trusted offer, Joseph Whidbey.


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