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Company Towns Topic for Sept. 25-26 Twilight Tours in Washington State

The towns that employers built near the Seattle City Light operation at Cedar Falls, Wash. are the topic for Linda Carlson's presentations during the Cedar River Watershed's "Twilight Tours" of a historic townsite Sept. 25 and 26.

The author of "Company Towns of the Pacific Northwest" (University of Washington Press, 2003), Carlson will show slides from the early 20th century and describe Cedar Falls, built by Seattle City Light for hydroelectric power; Taylor, a clay and coal mining operation that provided most of the bricks for early-day Seattle's downtown; Barneston, a Kent Lumber Co. community with an unusual Japanese neighborhood; Kerriston, founded by Albert S. Kerry, a forest products entrepreneur, donor of Kerry Park, and chairman of the committee that built Seattle's Fairmont Olympic Hotel; and Selleck, still privately owned although founder Pacific States Lumber Co. went broke in 1939.

"Twilight Tours" are 6-8:30 p.m. Sept. 25 and 5-7:30 p.m. Sept. 26, starting from the Cedar River Watershed Education Center, which is reached using the 436th Avenue exit (32) from Interstate 90.

No registration is required but groups should call ahead: (206) 233-1515 or email [email protected].

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