Category Archives: Historic Site

NW Snapshots: Old Olympia Brewery

What’s that aging brick building perched, tantalizingly out of reach, on the eastern shore of Capitol Lake? Ask any of the locals in Tumwater, WA. The “old” Olympia Brewery built in 1906 has been a local icon for decades. Once … Continue reading

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The House That Eliza Jane Built

The Meeker Mansion is a 17 room, Italianate-style, Victorian-era home built in Puyallup, WA. Continue reading

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Oregon Coast Scenic Railroad III

Fully restored McCloud River Railroad Engine #25 powers the Oregon Coast Scenic Railroad’s regular coastal excursion. Continue reading

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Oregon Coast Scenic Railroad II

Travelers can choose from a fully restored Pullman Coach, a covered gondola car, or an open air passenger car on the Oregon Coast Scenic Railroad. Continue reading

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Oregon Coast Scenic Railroad

The Oregon Coast Scenic Railroad chugs along the Oregon Coast at 10-12 mph. Lily ponds and steep forested slopes give way to sea stacks and the glint of sunshine off the waters of Tillamook Bay. Continue reading

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Starvation Creek Falls

On December 18, 1884, the Pacific Express, bound for Portland, rounded a curve and plowed right into a 25-foot-high snowdrift. The train stopped dead in its tracks, stranding 148 holiday passengers and the crew. Continue reading

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NW Snapshots: Victorian Amenities at Fort Worden

I love big, beautiful, Victorian-era houses. They usually have so much more architectural detail than homes built today. So you can imagine my delight when I stumbled across this little beauty in the dining room of a house used by officers at Fort Worden near Port Townsend, WA. Continue reading

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NW Snapshots: Cold Water Spring

  9/11/2012.  We stumbled upon this cold water spring while traveling along a forest service road in northern Oregon.  How many years has water been burbling down into the catch basin?  Difficult to say.  There were no signs posted on site … Continue reading

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Tacoma’s Fireboat #1

Fireboat #1 served the Port of Tacoma proudly for 54 years. Built in 1929, she’s one of the first boats designed and built specifically for fighting dockside or shipboard fires. Continue reading

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A Scottish Castle in Fort Worden

Alexander’s Castle is a fairy tale residence built of red brick with a crenelated tower. It was designed and built by John B. Alexander for love of a woman . . . though the woman in question never set foot across the threshold. Continue reading

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