The move from horses to cars didn’t happen overnight. You can see from this picture of Mashell Avenue during the winter of 1914.
Per Pat Van Eaton, this pictures shows a big time of change for Eatonville. T.C. Van Eaton had just sold his store to Christensen. Electric power had reached Mashell Ave.. The two men at the far right are standing where the top rail of the hitching post used to be, and you can still make out the uprights. On the utility pole hangs a sign that reads “Gas for Sale” and there is a hand pump and hose at the base of the pole.
And there is change soon to come. In May 1915 the hardware store will burn down, soon a modern high school will be built at the end of the street and within four years the horse and buggy ear will be gone.
Photo courtesy of Pat Van Eaton.
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