Eatonville Moves from Horses to Cars 1914 (Mashell Ave.)

Mashell Ave. (1914)
Mashell Ave. (1914)

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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6 thoughts on “Eatonville Moves from Horses to Cars 1914 (Mashell Ave.)”

  1. This a picture of transition TC Van Eaton had just sold his store to Christensen,electric power reached Mashell Ave,the two men on the far rt are are standing where the top rail of the hitching post used to be ,uprights still there, on the utility pole is a sign that says “Gas for Sale”. The hand pump & hose at the base of the pole. The hardware store hasn’t burned down but soon will May 1915.The high school hasn’t been started yet the trees are still at the north end of Mashell and within 4 years the hores & buggy era will be gone . Picture ca winter of 1914

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