Center Street

Eatonville Train Depot

Morton Train Depot - identical to Eatonville's design
Morton Train Depot – identical to Eatonville’s design

Years back Eatonville had a train depot — and I believe the bottom story is now the Country Real Estate building on the corner of Washington St. and Center St. But when it was still operating as a depot, it looked identical to Morton’s train depot.

This picture was taken by Rich Williams around 2003 before the depot was moved (near the Moose Lodge).

To learn more about the Morton Depot and its restoration process, just click HERE.

Photo courtesy of Rich and Ruthie Williams.

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1914 Map of Eatonville

1914 Map of Eatonville - School
1914 Map of Eatonville – School

This 1914 map is broken down into three pieces.

In the first section you can see the Eatonville school, which had just been built. The second section covers downtown and you’ll immediately see Mashell Ave. and Center Street. The third section details the Eatonville Lumber mill. If you look closely, all the buildings are labeled.

Enjoy!

Courtesy of Pat Van Eaton and the Historical Society.

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1914 Map of Eatonville - Downtown
1914 Map of Eatonville – Downtown

 

1914 Map of Eatonville - Mill
1914 Map of Eatonville – Mill

Inside the Hearon Jewelry Store

Herron  Jewelry Store
Herron Jewelry Store

Where the Eatonville Outdoor sits today, on the corner of Center and Mashell, was once the Hearon Jeweler. Both H. L. Hearon and Wayne Hearon served as town councilmen sometime between 1909 and 1954 and H. L. Also served as one of the early town treasurers.

The jewelry shop sold, in addition to jewelry, clocks, glassware, pictures frames, hair combs, silver trays and serving utensils. Zoom in to get a closer look.

First photo courtesy of Rick Parnell and the Parnell family. Second image courtesy of Pat Van Eaton.

Herron Jewelry Shop (Exterior)
Herron Jewelry Shop (Exterior)

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Snow on Mashell (ca. 1905)

Mashell Ave. snow ca 1905
Mashell Ave. snow ca 1905

It the first snowfall of the season tonight, so this picture seemed fitting — Mashell Avenue around 1905 during a snow. Even a local dog was out enjoying things.

I believe the shot was taken at the intersection of Mashell and Center, looking toward where the Eatonville high school would one day stand.

Photo courtesy of Pat Van Eaton.

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Center Street and Gas Street Lighting (ca. 1913)

Center Street around 1913
Center Street around 1913

This picture taken around 1913 looks down Center Street from just above the Mashell Ave./Center Street intersection. To the right you can see the well house in front of the hotel. And on the other side of the street is the New Mashell Restaurant.

The ornate street lamp (to the right of the men and in the center of the shot) stands out amongst the wooden poles.

Gas lights
Judging by the tank at the bottom, this was probably a gas-powered street lamp, which would have been common back then. Below is an excerpt about gas lights from International Good Guys:

“Gas street lighting remained under development into the 1930s and electric street lighting was introduced piecemeal, the gas lamps were already in place throughout the towns and the big arc lights were cumbersome and difficult to maintain. The incandescent bulb became a viable street lighting option about the time of the First World War but this involved laying cables and making new light fittings to avoid people being electrocuted on the metal lamp posts. The bulbs themselves were neither terribly bright nor very reliable.”

Center Street – 1957 & 1970

Center St. ca 1957
Center St. ca 1957

Like everything else in town, Center Street has continually evolved. Here is a picture of Center taken around 1957 and then about 20 years later in the 1970s. (If you want to see it even earlier, click HERE.)

The one thing that hasn’t changed though is Mount Rainier.

Photos courtesy of Pat Van Eaton.

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Center Street in the 1970s
Center Street in the 1970s

 

Why we have that weird intersection at Mashell and Center

Celebration of the 1st train to arrive in Eatonville, 1904
Celebration of the 1st train to arrive in Eatonville, 1904

The intersection at Mashell and Center is an odd one —  Center almost lining up with itself, but not quite. Makes you wonder if the town planners had one too many beers that night. The real reason, I’ve heard though, was that it was the town’s well behind the weird intersection. The well was vital and the road had to move around it.

Getting Water
Here is a piece that ran in a 1936 issue of the Dispatch:

Paul Haynes favored The Dispatch with a view of some treasured photographs, newspaper pictures and clipping belonging to his daughter, Mrs. Otto Haynes. One of theses showed a picture published in The Dispatch, or its predecessor many years ago, depicting a scene of the center of Eatonville activities at the time.

Groe Hotel — was located approximately where Center and Madison meet
Groe Hotel — was located approximately where Center and Madison meet

In the foreground is the only well of water in the settlement, located, we are told, about where Mashell avenue and Groe [Center] street now intersect. Close by is the Pioneer Hotel, operated by Frank M. Groe, built all of “split lumber,” we are informed by Mr. Haynes, who built it for Groe. The hotel had ten bedroom upstairs, with a kitchen, dining room and sitting room downstairs. Another building in the picture is a shack which housed the saloon, also operated by Groe, and adjoining the hotel, with packhorses standing around in close vicinity to the well, hotel and saloon.

The well was about 20 feet deep, contained good water and was the only source of supply for the inhabitants. The well was equipped with an apparatus unknown to most of the present day population of Eatonville, a “sweep.”

Town Pump article, 1936, Eatonville Dispatch
Town Pump article, 1936, Eatonville Dispatch

The sweep lightened the labor of pulling up buckets of water. It consisted of a long pole mounted on a stationary post in such a way that it pivoted on the post. At one end fo the pole was attached a rope and bucket, and it was weighted down at the other by stones in a container also attached to the pole. When the drawer of water used the sweep he upped down on the rope, raising the weighted end of the pole, and let the bucket down into the well. With the bucket full, the rope was released and the weight of the stones raised the bucket with only slight guidance by the user.

So, next time you’re making a weird jog on Center street across Mashell, you’re making your way around a well that provided water for a young Eatonville.

Photo courtesy of the Dispatch, Pat Van Eaton, Haynes Family.

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Eatonville Center Street, Early 1900s & 1950

Center Street  (ca. 1950)
Center Street (ca. 1950)

These pictures aren’t the best quality, but it gives you an idea of the transformation of Center Street over the years. The first image is of Center Street (looking down at Mashell).

You can see on the left the back of the Red and White store, which is now a parking lot next to Kirk’s Pharmacy. And straight ahead is Christensen Motors, which is now Sears.  The Historical Society also noted with this photo, “Building at the right was one of three cottages on hotel grounds. Hotel Annex torn down. 1953.”

The next shot, taken much earlier (early 1900s) shows the same store on the left, as well as Christensen’s Hardware store and saloon.

Early Center Street in Eatonville - Christensen's Hardware store and salloon
Early Center Street in Eatonville - Christensen's Hardware store and salloon

Photos courtesy of the South Pierce County Historical Society.

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Robin Hood Days & Cedar Shakes (1954)

Robin Hood Day Parade — Haynes & Son truck
Robin Hood Day Parade — Haynes & Son truck

Pictured is the O.E. Haynes & Son truck, which took part in the Robin Hood Days parade. The sign on the back reads “Hand Split Cedar Shakes”and there is paper archery target on the cab (kind of the Robin Hood Days logo) and Robin Hood sitting on the shingles.

This shot was taken at the intersection of S. Center Street and Mashell Ave. You can see Christensen Motors is in the background.

Thank Pat Van Eaton for the information and the picture as well as the Haynes family.

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