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Early Maps of Northwest Trek (ca. 1977)

Map of Northwest Trek #1, 1977
Map of Northwest Trek #1, 1977

Pictured are early illustrated maps of Northwest Trek, ca. 1977.

Maps Courtesy of Lora Langberg, who has an extensive collection of Northwest Trek clippings from its inception.

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Map of Northwest Trek #2, 1977
Map of Northwest Trek #2, 1977

 

 

Post Card to Peterson 1909

1909 Mineral postcard
1909 Mineral postcard

Torger Peterson’s family kept with with folks through postcards and letters. (As did everyone then, since there was no internet and phones were spotty at best.)

This is a fun postcard from Mineral. I’ll have to brush up on my Norwegian to translate the card. I can read this much, “We are back in the woods and it’s cold.”

I like the address — Name, city , state. When it’s 1909 and there are only a handful of people living in the area, that’s all you need.

Photos courtesy of Pat Van Eaton.

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1909 Postcard to M. T. Peterson
1909 Postcard to M. T. Peterson

Timber Town and Later

Timber Town and Later
Timber Town and Later, by Edith E. Erickson

Timber Town and Later, the Story of Eatonville, written by Edith E. Erickson is a great read but should also be in inspiration to budding historians.

Edith, born 1914, moved to Eatonville in 1990. She couldn’t find much information on her new community and started researching. Her research become this book.

She says in the intro, “Being a relative newcomer to the Eatonville area, I had no knowledge of my own concerning its development or history. Jeannette M. Hlavin wrote a very complete book of the area from 1889 to 1953. After reading it, I thought that a history of the last fifty year should be d to what she had written.”

As far as I know, this 188-page book is only available through the Eatonville Library.

Postmarked Washington: Pierce County

Postmarked Washington: Pierce County
Postmarked Washington: Pierce County, by Guy Reed Ramsey

Postmarked Washington: Pierce County by Guy Reed Ramsey, is a collection of post office history.  Mr. Ramsey devoted 29 years to tracking down information on every post office in Washington. (When you see the amount of detail in this book, you’ll wonder if Ramsey’s devotion bordered on obsession.)

The details in this 123-page book, however, are fascinating. For example, Paradise Inn on Mount Rainier used to have a post office from 1928 to 1961. Clay City, a settlement that formed around a brickyard outside Eatonville, also had it’s own post office from November 18, 1908 until it was discontinued in 1922.

You can find used copies on Amazon.com. It’s also available at the Eatonville Library.

Published in 1981 by the Washington State Historical Society.