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Jan. 20th, 2013 | 05:31 pm
location: Seattle WA
mood: optimisticoptimistic
music: Foo Fighters
posted by: islandman63 in abandonedplaces

This island is home to the Federal, turned State prison, which in March 2011 closed its doors due to state budget cuts. It is also, where I called home for my first 16 formative years (64-80) as I grew up here. My dad worked for the FCI and in 1980, when it was known it was being handed over to the state to run, we, as a family, moved to Texas.
Texas is where I lived for 30 years!! BUT, that being said, hardly a day went by that I didn't think I'd ever get back. That was then, this is now. In the summer of 2010, I had the opportunity to move, lock, stock and barrel to Oregon and eventually back to Washington. A dream of mine, realized! But, it wasn't easy. Saying goodbye to friends and family was rough, but realizing a dream is important.

I am now working on a documentary project about living on the island. Pictures to be posted soon.

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from: hauntressdivine
date: Jan. 21st, 2013 06:18 am (UTC)

Looking forward to it!

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from: badrahessa
date: Jan. 21st, 2013 06:59 am (UTC)

I also grew up in WA ( various cities in and near Seattle ) and then moved on to Texas ...and as an adult have always vowed to someday move back home. I'm enthused to see someone else who understands this goal as well as I do :) I'm so pleased to see that you were able to make this a reality. ( i'm hopefully down to my last few years here as my youngest is 14 ... 4 more years till freedom , lol! )

I've never heard of McNeil ... your post peeks my curiosity ... i'm looking forward to your pictures and commentary on such.

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from: victoryatnight
date: Jan. 21st, 2013 03:59 pm (UTC)

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from: bugeyedmonster
date: Jan. 21st, 2013 08:28 pm (UTC)

Looking forward to the documentary.

My grandpa spent quite of bit of his life in Spokane WA and he used to be on the water board there. I know very little about Washington State and I will definitely go google McNeil Island.

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from: elenbarathi
date: Jan. 22nd, 2013 12:12 am (UTC)

*waves* Hi, I'm in Sequim, on the Olympic Peninsula; my daughter lives in Seattle. Looking forward to your pics!

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from: islandman63
date: Jan. 23rd, 2013 05:41 am (UTC)

I have a close friend who lives in Sequim, who grew up with me on the island. She went to Harriet Taylor Elementary on the island with me. Harriet Taylor is the mom to another good friend of mine, that works on the island to this day. So, yeah, that island means very much to me. If you're interested of the island visit www.mcneilisland.org...the video section has my footage from my DVD of the McNeil Island Closing Ceremony that I filmed on site that day. Find McNeil Island on Facebook also. My brother was the creator of the first McNeil Island FB page.
Anyway, thanks for writing. Appreciate your time. And by all means, follow my journal. I am committed to chronicling my project as it begins to grow legs, till completion.

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