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The Plateau community annually features a multitude of events, as varied as the people and geography who call this area home. From the historic coal-mining community of Black Diamond to the fertile Valley and quaint city of Sumner, from busting Bonney Lake to the quieter hamlets of Wilkeson and Carbonado, this region truly offers something for everyone – whether a first-time visitor or a descendant of settlers. The region is long on history and natural beauty and both are detailed in a story about the long-abandoned
community of Franklin. Follow along with reporter Bailey Jo Josie as she details her hike to a long-forgotten cemetery. The area is perfect for those who prefer life outdoors and the Plateau is criss-crossed with trails catering to those of all fitness levels. A listing by reporter Kevin Hanson offers a brief synopsis of some of the region’s more popular destinations. And if it’s events you want, this is the place. In Enumclaw, there’s everything from a downtown Street Fair to the
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Celebrating the regions history are the Buckley Log Show and WilCounty Fair, which is making its keson’s Handcar Races. Each features 155th annual appearance. Large a Saturday-morning parade and events at the Enumclaw Expo Center plenty of fun for all ages. In Buckley, include the Scottish Highland Games professionals display their skills in (haggis, anyone?) and the Olympic a variety of traditional events; it’s Kennel Club’s huge dog show. entirely different in Wilkeson, where Fans of country music will also be anyone can form a team and sign up heading to the Expo Center for for the physically demanding chore another Hometown Throwdown, of pumping a handcar down the featuring some of today’s hottest acts. tracks. Just a bit down state Route 410, That’s just the tip of the iceberg in guests can enjoy a Friday-Saturterms of summer activities scattered day helping of Bonney Lake Days. about this region that straddles the Don’t miss the parade, car show and White River, stretches from Mount live entertainment. Bonney Lake’s Rainier National Park to the valley Allan Yorke Park also is home to the below and pulls together south King popular Tunes at Tapps, a concert and eastern Pierce counties. series that has been known to draw This Summer Discover edition promore than 1,000 people for a sunvides some of the highlights. Head drenched weeknight show. out and have some fun. 1862833
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EXPO CENTER FROM 4 Games and Clan Gathering. The organization was formed in 1947 by a local group of prominent Seattle Scots who were looking for a way to keep their ethnic origin alive and stimulate an interest in Scottish Highland Games through dancing, piping, drumming and athletic competition. Guests are treated to live music by bands and soloists, commercial vendors and food of all sorts, along with the traditional massing of the pipe and drum bands. All the details are found at www.sshga.org. Aug. 17-20: Olympic Kennel Club dog show – This huge event brings together thousands of canines and their owners and handlers. The show has been around since shortly after World War II, eventually making
All details are found at its way to Enumclaw in 1973. A handful of www.enumclawprorospecialty clubs will host deo.com. their shows at the Expo Aug. 27: Hometown Center in conjunction Throwdown – This with the OKC show. marks the second year Visitors can roam the the country concert, grounds, watch dogs sponsored by Seattle in the show ring and radio station 100.7 (The check out vendors. Wolf) will be staged at For more information: Celebrate your heritage at the the Expo Center. The www.olympickenannual Scottish Highland Games. entertainment lineup nelclub.com. Photo by Kevin Hanson features Justin Moore, Aug. 24-26: Enumclaw Canaan Smith, LanPro Rodeo – Each day, gates open co, Carly Pearce, Drew Baldridge, at 5 p.m. and rodeo action begins Brooke Eden, Walker McGuire and at 7 p.m. Aside from the riding and more. The doors will open at noon roping, there’s the draw of food and music begins at 1 p.m. and plays vendors and a beer garden, not to mention a live concert following the into the night. All details are at www. rodeo Friday and Saturday night. wolfhometownthrowdown.com.
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Enumclaw and Buckley excitement June 17: The annual Junior Log Show offers the younger set an opportunity to exhibit some logging skills. It’s free at the Log Show Grounds. June 19: Gateway Concert Band presents “Name Those Tunes XIX” from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at Rotary Centennial Park in Enumclaw (corner of Griffin Avenue and Railroad Street). If the weather doesn’t cooperate, the free event will move to the Enumclaw High School auditorium. June 23: “Movie Night in the Park” is sponsored by Enumclaw Adventures and LiveLocal98022. Things get rolling at 7 p.m. at Garrett Park. For details: email@example.com. June 24-25: The 44th annual Buckley Log Show again brings a parade through downtown
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Buckley, vendors lining River Avenue and all the traditional competition at the Log Show Grounds. For details, visit the Log Show page on Facebook. June 29: The Buckley Summer Series kicks off eight weeks of entertainment. A family-friendly show runs from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m., followed by a live concert from 6:30 to 8 p.m. It’s all adjacent to the Buckley Youth Center between River Avenue and SR 410. July 4: Enumclaw once again rallies for its annual “Stars and Stripes” festival. The day includes, as usual, a downtown parade and evening fireworks. July 22: The Enumclaw Chamber of Commerce will host its inaugural Summer Wine Walk at numerous sites throughout downtown. The event will run from 5 to 9 p.m.
July 28-29: The annual Enumclaw Street Fair takes over the heart of downtown with commercial and food vendors, booths staffed by nonprofit groups and live entertainment. Festivities run from 10 a.m. to 7 pm. In conjunction Cowboy Kevin Lusk hangs on during bronc riding with the Street competition at the 2016 Enumclaw Pro Rodeo. File photo Fair, the Whistle-Stop Art Fair details: firstname.lastname@example.org. sets up at Rotary Centennial Aug. 9: The Enumclaw Park. Chamber of Commerce presJuly 28: Also along with the ents its annual golf tournaStreet Fair is a 3-on-3 basketment. The event takes place ball tournament, sponsored by at the Enumclaw Golf Course Enumclaw Rotary. The tourney is slated for 11:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. SEE ENUMCLAW, PAGE 10 on Kasey Kahne Drive. For
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History, hiking and harmony in Buckley Town of South Prairie. From Buckley, you will soon be able to ride a bike or walk as far as Puyallup. King County continues to Mayor of Buckley move forward with comAbove the fog, pletion of the Foothills below the snow Trail to the White River and the trail bridge that will cross the White River. After this long and very A walk along the trail in wet winter, I am really lookBuckley passes the Log Show ing forward to this summer grounds, Wally’s, two parks, on the White River Plateau. Buckley Hall and the FootWe are truly blessed to live hills Museum and grounds, in this part of the world the library, Youth Activity where we have so many opCenter, Skate Park as well as portunities to be outdoors. several businesses. There are so many things The Foothills Museum is a going on this summer it will great place to learn about the be hard to list them all. history of the Plateau and The Foothills Trail in the Carbon Canyon. There Buckley is the new “Main are several outdoor exhibits Street” and in the next few including a blacksmith shop, months it will be getting bunkhouses from Lester and busier as Pierce County a lookout tower and Forest completes the Trail to the
Service Cabin. The museum is free. This summer will be the Buckley Summer Series’ second year. The event begins Thursday, June 29th at the Buckley Youth Activity Center with the Family Entertainment from 4:30 -5:30 followed by Concerts in the Park from 6:30 -8:00. All activities are free. These activities are every Thursday until August 17th. The Country Market in Thunderbird Park runs from May until September offering fresh vegetables, blackberry pies, flowers and crafts. This year they will also be at the Summer Concert Series. Walking the Foothills Trail down to the White River on a really hot day is a great way to cool off. Looking for
the elk in the fields around Buckley in the evening is a great opportunity to see wild life up close. On those cold crisp fall days you can hear the bull elk bugling, a sound that many city dwellers never hear. Watching the sun rise over the Cascades never grows old and neither do the sunsets. Seeing Buckley and Enumclaw from the top of Mount Peak gives one the perspective of how close we really are to the wilderness below (besides getting a good workout). And when the mountain is out it can take your breath away. How lucky we are to live in this beautiful corner of the world!
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Popular Plateau destinations It’s as easy as putting one foot in front of the other. Whether taking a simple stroll or tackling a strenuous hiking trail, there are abundant opportunities to enjoy life outdoors. Here’s a look at just a few local favorite destinations.
Mount Peak This is THE iconic Enumclaw hike. A promontory rising from the Plateau, it draws newbies and veterans daily, from sunup to sundown. There are Mount Peak diehards who seem to tackle the steep trails daily. There are two approaches to the summit, each with their own appeal. The Cal Magnuson Trail winds up the north face and is all trail; the south side incorporates a gravel road for the first part of the trek. The south side also features a large parking lot constructed by King County and opened this spring. This is no Sunday stroll, as visitors – those
who reach the summit – will gain 1,000 feet of elevation in one mile. The south side might be a bit gentler, but it’s still strenuous. Aside from the trees and interesting formations of columnar basalt, there’s a bonus at the top, particularly for those with an interest in local history. Until the early 1970s a lookout tower sat at the top, home to those who kept watch for forest fires. Remnants of the lookout station are still in place. And, it’s harder to spot, but the peak also was used by civilian “spotters” who scanned the skies for enemy aircraft during World War II. Don’t be confused if looking for the attraction on a map. It’s also called Mount Pete and Pinnacle Peak. But, if you’re asking a local, it’s Mount Peak.
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from noon to 6 p.m. Aug. 14: Gateway Concert Band presents “There’s No Place Likek Home” from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at Rotary Centennial Park in Enumclaw (corner of Griffin Avenue and Railroad Street). If the weather doesn’t cooperate, the free event will move to the Enumclaw High School auditorium. Aug. 19: The fifth annual Enumclaw Music and Arts Festival provides entertainment on three stages from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., all in downtown Enumclaw. Musical acts include everything from classic rock to blues, from barbershop to bluegrass and Latin. Added features include food and art vendors, a beer garden and a special area just for kids. The event is sponsored by the nonprofit Chalet Arts Showcase Theater. See more at www.chaletartsshowcasetheater.org. Admission is free.
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Enumclaw’s establishment on the Plateau the east of Enumclaw play a part in the city’s existence. After visiting Mt. Rainier National Park, or climbing and descending the Cascades, Enumclaw offers a chance to stop, eat, sleep, and relax. You have all noticed that Enumclaw begins a plateau that stretches to Ehli Hill in Bonney Lake to the west and Auburn to the north. According the USGS, the Osceola Mudflow occurred when Mt. Rainier erupted about 5,600 years ago, spreading deposits up to 85 feet deep, of rocks, mud, and clay over a 212 square mile area. That lahar filled in the valleys and created a relatively flat plateau 700 feet or more above sea level. The rocks and clay made it relatively difficult to farm, as anyone who lives on the lahar painfully knows. Hops were the
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Did you ever wonder why Enumclaw, Buckley, Wilkeson, Bonney Lake and Sumner exist where they do? I have. The reasons lie mainly with geography and economics, and the vision of one couple. Understanding the geography and economics of a region will deepen our knowledge of the area where we live. Start thinking geographically. Is it a coincidence that Enumclaw lies at the base of the Cascade foothills? Having a national park and a series of mountain passes (Chinook, Naches, and White Pass) that cross the Cascades to
main crop until blight ended that Enumclaw became a town. They venture. Eventually, dairy farm- are considered the mother and ing took hold and was made pos- father or Enumclaw. A plaque sible because of all the potential on the southeastern corner of pasture land made available once the Green River campus comthe trees were cleared. memorates their memory and Economics also played a part contribution. in the creation of Enumclaw. In 1879, the English immiThe Northern Pacific Railroad grant Stevenson purchased 320 decided to build a line through the Cascades, and since the pass SEE ENUMCLAW, PAGE 15 funnels out onto the Enumclaw Plateau, the citing of a town at the base of the Discover the Plateau published by mountains was the logical choice for the development of Enumclaw. This 1627 Cole St., Enumclaw WA 98022 • 360-802-8212 occurred in 1885. According to local Publisher: Polly Shepherd Dennis Box historian Mildred Editor: Andrews, the vision Senior Reporter: Kevin Hanson of a couple, Frank Reporter / Assistant Editor: Ray Still Stevenson, and his Advertising Sales: wife, Mary Fell, was Martha Boston, Tamie Beitinger, Jennifer Tribett Production: Jill Swafford the major reason Creative Cover photo and design by Jill Swafford
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ENUMCLAW FROM 11 acres just west of what is now Enumclaw. In 1884, Stevenson learned the North Pacific Railroad planned to build a route through the Cascades to the east of his homestead. Sensing an opportunity, he offered a free, cleared right-of-way through his land to the Northern Pacific Railroad. The railroad accepted his gift in 1885. Stevenson believed he could make more money shipping goods than he would at any other job. According to Andrews, Stevenson also used his property to build a two-story hotel facing the expected track. He gave neighboring lots to John Blake and Arthur Griffin to build a general store, and to his fatherin-law, Joseph Fell, to build a saloon. The Stevensons also gave free plots to various churches: the Catholics and the Presbyterians, and also land for a cemetery and
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for a public school. The town was incorporated in 1913. Frank Stevenson died in 1914. Eventually, Mary Fell remarried Whitfield Xersa in 1916. The annex, across the street from City Hall, once the city library, is called the StevensonXersa building. When Mary died in 1928, she donated her house for that public library. Enumclaw’s existence as a city owes a great deal to its geography, its early economics, and to the vision of Frank and Mary Fell Stevenson. As is true of most great endeavors, it only takes a few dedicated and far-seeing people to bring about enormous change. Thousands of people today enjoy the fruits of the vision and generosity of the Stevensons. This couple saw Enumclaw’s potential and took the opportunity of using the railroad to build a beautiful and closely-knit community nestled at the base of the Cascades with a fabulous view of Mt. Rainier to the south.
A train arriving at The Northern Pacific Depot, which was located approximately where the Enumclaw Library is today. Photo courtesy of the Enumclaw Historical Society
More information about the pioneer history of Enumclaw can be found at the Enumclaw Plateau Historical Society building at 1837 Marion Street in Enumclaw (www. enumclawhistorymuseum.com) and at the KCLS Enumclaw Library pioneer section.
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Mowich Lake From this starting point in Mount Rainier National Park there are opportunities for all, from experienced hikers to novice day-trippers. Here are a couple of options: – Spray Park: a round trip is six miles, the elevation gain is about 1,300 feet and most will spend about four hours on the trail. Highlights are fields of wildflowers and a view of Spray Falls. – Tolmie Peak: the trek is more than six miles the elevation gain is a little more than 1,000 feet and part of the trail features a fairly
strenuous uphill pull. Highlights include Lake Eunice and the Tolmie Peak lookout. Here’s something to remember: if you’re heading into the national park, a permit is required. Among the options are an annual pass to Mount Rainier National Park for $50; a single-vehicle pass, good for seven days, is $25. There’s no additional cost for a day hike, but there are fees for overnighters.
Foothills Trail An easy walk with kids or pets is fairly close to anyone on the Plateau or in the Valley. The Foothills Trail has been built as finances allow and now features a 15-mile stretch between South Prairie and the Meeker area near Puyallup. There also is a two-mile section in Buckley. Work is currently under way to establish “pinpile” bridges in an area just south of Buckley that will make the trail accessible all year, replacing parts of the trail that annually turned to mud. Also, a bridge between Buckley and South Prairie that was damaged by a falling tree is due for repair. Boosters envision a trail that ultimately will be 28 miles long. That would include a long-dreamed-about bridge over the White River that connects the trail to an established
trail in Enumclaw. A funding request has been well received, but nothing is certain until the state legislature makes its final budget authorizations.
Victor Falls Park While the trail system isn’t the most complex in the area, the payoff is terrific – a clear view of the 70-foot waterfall that can be heard long before it’s seen. It’s easy to get to, on Rhodes Lake Road on Bonney Lake’s south side, and there’s easy parking once you have arrived. For many years there was no access to view the falls, as the property was in private hands. It was purchased by the city in 2013.
Black Diamond Open Space Managed by the King County park system, this is actually three separate parcels totaling 1,240 acres. The “north unit” is the most popular among hikers with trails criss-crossing the property. The area includes a lake, a creek, wetlands and abundant trees. Easy to access, it sits north of Black Diamond on both sides of state Route 169.
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It would have been the perfect day for a hike if hail felt like kisses on your ears instead of hornet stings. But they don’t, and we were going to go anyway. It was a rainy Saturday and my husband and I didn’t have a map, but we had detailed instructions lifted from some website that would show us how to get to the Franklin Coal Mine and cemetery. Only a 10 minute drive east from Black Diamond, we took off for the Southeast Green River Gorge Road and overshot our destination by way of a one-way
bridge suspended high over the Green River gorge. It was a common mistake, we were told — it’s easy to miss something that’s not well-known or advertised. So we turned around and saw nothing but “No Parking” signs and figured we were in the right spot. If one were to look up the exact spot on Google Maps or something, it would say “Franklin Ghost Town” but this is misleading — all that’s there was a crude entrance sign that said “Camera Click Click” (are we being watched?) that leads to a parking lot with a $5 fee for the Franklin Cemetery and Ghost Town. We were on the right path. So we parked the car and headed out — but where to exactly? There was one sign that lead to the Green River Gorge but nothing else, just a service road with a large yellow gate
blocking the way and a “Authorized Vehicles Only” sign. The bullet point instructions told us to head that and to keep straight, on the gravel pathway. After a few bends that elevated us up the mountain, we came across a large The first trail marker, a coal cart donated by coal cart (donated by Palmer Coking Coal Company. Photo by Bailey Jo Josie the Palmer Coking and several deaths by gravity Coal Company) and two wooden signs. Mostly “thank caused the National Parks to take action; the mine was covered and you” signs for those who helped restore the site, but it did show us reinforced in the 80’s with metal beams and wiring and surroundan arrow ominously pointing us ed by a fence - there was no way towards the cemetery. anyone was falling down the As we walked further up, the deep, dark pit. gravel pathway gave way to grass We inspected the shaft the and, less than a mile later, the Franklin Mine Shaft. The actual SEE GHOST TOWN, PAGE 19 mine was closed in the late 1910’s
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GHOST TOWN FROM 18 only logical way — dropping rocks down the middle and waiting for some noise. We clocked it at seven seconds and pretended we knew airspeed velocity off the top of our heads to showcase how far down the hole went. The sign right next to the fence said it was 1,300 feet. With that, we continued on past the mine to find the cemetery. To our surprise, we came across old rusted debris and concrete foundations that we read had been a part of the former mining town of Franklin’s water system. After the mine was shut down almost a century ago, people in the small town of Franklin abandoned the town and the water system. By this time we had been walking for close to an hour (the mine shaft took up quite a bit of time) and we stopped to get a handful of pistachios from the backpack, or, as my husband put it: “rashee the pistashees” i.e., “ration the pistachios.” The hike was slowly eroding our marriage. As we continued our walk towards the cemetery, we came across a small, swampy pond to our right and were delighted to see an actual suspended rail that the miners used
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for their coal carts; it was about 20 feet in the air and looked like something perfectly designed to intrigue hikers instead of just being some long lost structure of a time when coal was king - who knows? Either way, it made for some perfect horror movie b-roll. The hike continued and we eventually found ourselves in the middle of an ivy-saturated forest, complete with old tombstones — we had reached the A tombstone with a puzzling figure carved into it. Photo by cemetery! Our excitement at finishing the Bailey Jo Josie way-too-easy hike was soon overcast by the actual graves. As my husband put it, Did people keep rats as pets back then? Who the people of Franklin “either lived one week, would give an infant a rat for a pet? Maybe or died exactly at the age of thirty in a mining it’s supposed to be a dog with a weird nose? accident. There was no middle ground.” Nope, it’s definitely a rat. A sign posted near the first few tombstones We moved on to the other graves and indicated that a fence was built around “the found the graves of miners from what is grave of Alice Gertrude Johnson, the long lost known as the Franklin Mine Disaster, in sister of Leila A. Johnson.” We didn’t know 1894. Thirty-seven men died by suffocation who Alice or Leila were, but according to her from a fire within the mine and, according tombstone, Alice was only six days old when to historylink.org, it is known as one of the she died. It was a sad moment of human worst mining disasters in Washington State mortality until we noticed the grave next to history. It was a sobering experience to see the hers. It belonged to Frances Marie Myers and gravesites of these workers intermingled with children from a bygone era, but it was worth she died in 1901 at two months old…and the short, rainy trip. her tombstone had a small rat carved into it. 10/10, would hike again. Why? we asked. Why a rat? Was it her pet? psoil Dry To AR E ALL Y D ROUN
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