Cars versus trains in Shelton, 1924


Courtesy of Mason County Historical Museum

Train yards at Fifth and Railroad, date unknown.

In 1924, Olympic Highway came down into Shelton from Hillcrest. Drivers wanting to continue on the highway had to make a left turn onto Railroad Avenue, then turn right on Fifth Street and drive up to reconnect with the highway, which for a few blocks in town was known as Alder Street. At that time, Alder did not extend beyond Fifth Street to the east. The Peninsular Railroad roundhouse was on Railroad Avenue near Fifth, and a number of train tracks crossed Fifth Street. The streets were paved for the first time in 1923. This story is from the Feb. 22, 1924, issue of the Journal.

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