Coupeville Wharf kiosk gets a new look

One of the kiosks bookending the entrance to the Coupeville Wharf received a much-needed upgrade thanks to the efforts of staff at Ebey’s Landing National Historical Reserve.

The kiosk, which is located at the corner of Front Street and Alexander Street in Coupeville’s historic downtown, received three new panels that highlight various aspects of the reserve.

In recent years, the old panels on the long-standing structure have become a bit weathered.

“We’re kind of revamping our education and outreach to be a little more interesting,” said Lynn Hyde, education and outreach coordinator for Ebey’s Landing National Historical Reserve, Monday.

Reserve staff marked the completion of the new kiosk panels May 3 with a ribbon cutting where County Commissioner Helen Price Johnson, Coupeville Mayor Nancy Conard, along with staff from the reserve and the Port of Coupeville, attended.

“We’re using the kiosk as a way of exploring the deeper and wider history of Whidbey Island,” Hyde said.

The kiosk, which is located next to shrubs near the pier entrance, has three panels.

One highlights the origins of the reserve that includes a blending of two photos of Front Street — one snapped in 1895 and the other taken in 2012.

Another panel features ariel photos of the reserve along with a photo of Skagit Indians gambling.

Allegedly the site where the kiosk stands used to be a gambling spot for Indians living on Whidbey Island during the 19th century.

The third panel features an enhanced map that highlight sites in the reserve people may want to explore.

She said she didn’t have a dollar amount yet on the cost of the new kiosk panels.


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