Barney’s Matchbook Cover
September 22, 2016 – 12:07 am | 3 Comments

Locals know Barney’s Corner as a gas station, but early on it was much, much more.
I believe this matchbook cover comes from around the 1940s. Back then there was food and dance.
Barney was Keith Malcom’s brother …

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Eatonville’s Pioneer Hotel 1890s

Submitted by on July 8, 2012 – 9:00 am2 Comments
Eatonville's Pioneer Hotel, 1890s

Eatonville's Pioneer Hotel, 1890s

I’ve wondered what draws people to hardship. This picture shows the Pioneer Hotel and what Eatonville looked liked in the 1890s. These people came here to start farms and build a town. Sounds good, but starting a farm then meant clearing lands with a hand saw and a horse and building your own house and barn. And that’s BEFORE you ever got to farming.  Heck, I feel taxed if I have to clear branches after a storm, and I own a chain saw.

It’s hard imagining taking your family out in the wilderness where there are no schools or amenities, especially when there were towns like Tacoma, not all that far away. But they did it.

Don’t get me wrong, I’m very glad they made the trek, but I’d really like to talk to some of them today and find out what they were thinking.

Photos courtesy of Pat Van Eaton and City of Tacoma.

Tacoma 1890

Tacoma 1890

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