Nestled in this lush land of the Pacific Northwest, nature takes center stage. Here sits the paradise of Lake Cavanaugh, and at one time, the village of Alpine — a small community located in Skagit County, Washington.

As a boy, the lake and the area surrounding it captivated the attention of author Allan Wenzel. His parents were summer residents of Lake Cavanaugh since 1948. Wenzel’s book Alpine on the Lake takes the reader back to a simpler time at the turn of the century.

“The book took me more than a year to research and compile,” Wenzel says. “It’s very accurate and is a must-read for any historian or genealogist interested in Western Washington in the time period from 1890-1910.”

With the first white settlers arriving at the end of the 19th century, the history of the lake comes alive with the stories of the people who founded the community until it was abandoned shortly after 1910. Ranging from New York and Canada to Florida, people from many walks of life were drawn to the shores of Lake Cavanaugh during its heyday.

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