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.
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.
Shot of Center Street, July 18, 1971. This is the same year the Disneyland resort opened in Florida, and there was a poll taken that claimed 60% of people in the U.S. were against the Vietnam War. It was a time of contrast. Things were fairly peaceful that day in Eatonville.
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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.”
Like everything else in town, Center Streethas 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.
The intersection at Mashell and Centeris 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.
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.”
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.
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.
Photos courtesy of the South Pierce County Historical Society.
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.