Favorite Things to See and Do in Concrete WA
Concrete WA, known as the gateway to the North Cascades, is packed with great things to see and do for visitors and locals alike. From a visit to the huge cement silos or ruins of the Superior Portland Cement Plant, to the Concrete Theatre, the oldest movie theater in Skagit County, you’ll be delighted with fabulous sites and things to see and do in Concrete WA, our charming little Washington town.
Lower Baker Dam Visitor Center & Day-Use Park
Completed in 1925 and raised to 293 feet in 1927, the Lower Baker Dam was the highest hydroelectric dam in the world at that time.
Puget Sound Energy’s Baker River Hydroelectric Project has a newly renovated visitor center known as the Club House and a new day-use park at the Lake Shannon Boat Ramp. Nearby, the Lower Baker Dam Lookout provides great views. Read more about the visitor’s center here.
Superior Portland Cement Site – Silo Park
This was the site of Concrete’s second cement plant, completed in 1908, and later operated by Lone Star Northwest until 1967.
The spray pad at Silo Park in Concrete has been a fun addition to the park and a destination for kids in Concrete. Bring your friends & family, a picnic lunch and have some fun! Open 9am-7pm daily. In addition to the landmark Silos and Spray Park, Silo Park has a Park & Ride, Skate Park, and playground.
Henry Thompson Bridge
Built in 1916-1918, it was named for the Skagit County Commissioner who promoted its construction. At the time, its graceful arch was the longest single-span cement bridge in the world, and is listed on the National Historic Register.
Washington Portland Cement Plant Site
Concrete’s first cement plant, constructed in 1905. At that time, the community east of the Baker River was called “Cement City”. A limestone quarry is over the hill to the north.
Photo courtesy the Concrete Heritage Museum
Mears Field, Concrete Municipal Airport
Provides a runway, fuel, hangar options and a pilots lounge for professional and amateur aviators. The paved runway is 2600 feet long, 60′ wide, elevation is 267′, traffic patterns are to the south. CATF is 122.9 no unicom, no lights. One-half mile from Concrete’s Town Center. View current weather conditions on the WSDOT Aviation page for the Concrete Municipal Airport, Mears Field.
Built in 1923, its stage has entertained audiences from vaudeville to the movies. It is listed on the State Registry of Historic Sites. Currently open and operating. Another sight to enjoy in the town itself is the quaint Concrete Theater. Watch a movie in the evening at this cozy one-screen venue or simply take photos of the charming exterior.
Built in 1908, this building was Concrete’s first schoolhouse, originally located across from the State Bank of Concrete. The building has also served as a library, senior center, and is currently town hall and a satellite office for the Skagit County Sheriff’s Department.
There’s More to See and Do!
Our area is a recreation playground! Hike, bike, paddle and explore!