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Eatonville, Washington

Posted by graywacke on January 17, 2010

First timer?  In this (hopefully) once-a-day blog, I have my computer select a random latitude and longitude that puts me somewhere in the continental United States (the lower 48).  I call this “landing.”  I keep track of the watersheds I land in, as well as the town I land near.  I do some internet research to hopefully find something of interest about my landing location.  To find out more about A Landing A Day (like who “Dan” is and what the various numbers and abbreviations mean), please see “About Landing,” (and “Abbreviations” and “Cryptic Numbers”) above.

Dan –   Here’s one of my long-time WB OSers . . . WA; 45/43 (just as WA was inching towards PS-land); 5/10; 5; 152.9.  Here’s my landing map, showing my proximity to Eatonville:

Here’s a somewhat broader view, showing Tacoma, Seattle & Puget Sound:

Here’s the broadest of the broad landing views:

Here’s my GE shot, which shows what looks like a fairly upscale housing development carved out of the woods:

The river you see on both my landing map and the GE shot is a new river, the Mashel (my 1053rd); on to another new river, the Nisqually (my 1054th); on to the Puget Sound (7th hit for the Sound).

On to Eatonville.  It’s a former mill town (more about that later).  From Wiki:

For centuries, Indian people roamed the rivers and streams of the Eatonville area. An Indian guide known as Indian Henry was one of those.  In 1889, he guided the town’s founder, Thomas C. Van Eaton, from Mashell Prairie to the present site of Eatonville. It is said that upon arrival, Henry declared, “This good place. Not much snow.”

The Wiki quote makes me cringe . . .

Here’s a picture of the big saw mill in Eatonville back in 1942:

Speaking of 1942, here’s what downtown looked like:

Moving back a few years (to 1918), here’s a picture of a Fourth of July parade in Eatonville:

From BrokenArrowDesign, here’s what may be a sawmill waste burner building in Eatonville:

Just upstream of Eatonville on the Mashel is Boxcar Canyon.  From B. Dudley’s Flickr photostream, with his caption beneath:

Boxcar Canyon A beautiful place to have a quiet picnic. Boxcar was so named by the locals, its been said that a boxcar jumped its track and went over the side and into the creek below. No remanants of the boxcar is to be found in or about the creek. The canyon walls are very high and steep. To get here requires some rearend sliding.

Here’s another shot of the Canyon:

You’ll notice on my landing map (south of my landing), is the little town of Lagrande.  Here’s a picture of the Canyada Hotel (1916) located in Lagrande.

Eatonville’s close to Mt. Rainier.  Here’s a somewhat expanded map, showing Mt. Rainier about 20 miles east of Eatonville:

Here’s a very cool oblique GE shot:

Here’s a more traditional picture of Mt. Rainier from Eatonville:

And this, from a little further north (Tacoma Harbor):

I’ll close with this shot of the headwaters of the Nisqually River, up near Mt. Rainier:

That’ll do it.



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