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 Gym — Then and Now
May 30, 2011 – 3:17 pm | 10 Comments
Eatonville Gym — Then and Now

Eatonville High School has always had a great gym. Back in 1915 the Eatonville had a gym that was second to none.
You could find:
• An inside track around the balcony seats
• A boxing ring
• A …

Fourth of July Then and Now
May 13, 2011 – 2:45 pm | 10 Comments
Fourth of July Then and Now

Eatonville has always been a fan of the 4th of July Parade. In fact, so many people take part in the parade, I’ve always been surprised there are still some left to watch.
Judging by these …

Mashell Avenue Through the Years
May 13, 2011 – 2:25 pm | 3 Comments
Mashell Avenue Through the Years

We’re lucky that so many people have taken pictures of Eatonville over the years — and saved them. Here’s a look at Mashell Avenue through the years and its transformation.
Photos Courtesy of Pat Van Eaton.
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Eatonville Band – 1910 & 2008
April 21, 2011 – 3:57 pm | 2 Comments
Eatonville Band – 1910 & 2008

The Eatonville band has  come a long way.
These two shots are of the band in about 1910. Going to the Western Washington Fair (which would have only been 10 years old at the time) was …

Loggers Build Eatonville an Airport
April 14, 2011 – 12:34 am | 3 Comments
Loggers Build Eatonville an Airport

In 1952, John Swanson, Eatonville councilman and logger, told the council that there was a need for an Eatonville airport. His expense statement was hard to argue with — it would cost the town nothing.
John’s …

Center Street – 1975
March 29, 2011 – 7:55 pm | 3 Comments
Center Street – 1975

A glimpse down Center Street in 1975. You can see Malcolm’s Shop Rite on the left. The sign reads, cream pies — 4 for $1.00.
I975 was a memorable year. President Ford ended the American role …

Eatonville’s Close Encounter
March 25, 2011 – 4:01 pm | 7 Comments
Eatonville’s Close Encounter

In 1975, two years before Steven Spielberg’s movie Close Encounters of the Third Kind hit the theaters, Eatonville was already the hub of supernatural activity.
In October, Janet Ahrendsen and her two daughters were interviewed by …

New Zoo Park – Northwest Trek
March 6, 2011 – 6:46 am | No Comment
New Zoo Park – Northwest Trek

Forty years ago, in 1971, an article ran in the Dispatch about the development of a “535-acre Zoo-Park”. This facility, tentatively called Northwoods Trek, would “exhibit, propagate and preserve predominately native Northwest and Alaska species …

40th Anniversary of Eatonville’s Rock Festival
March 4, 2011 – 10:32 pm | 154 Comments
40th Anniversary of Eatonville’s Rock Festival

40 years ago, in the summer of 1970, Eatonville was gearing up for the Buffalo Party Convention and pig roast at Buffalo Don Murphy’s Flying M Ranch, east of town. It was supposedly a political …