Shelton Christmas tree industry in 1968
The following story is from the Journal's Mason County Visitor's Guide for 1968.
The bright lights on trees from Mason County pop the eyes of boys and girls in 2 million homes every year on Christmas morning. Christmas trees produced here are shipped as far south as Mexico City, east to Kansas and west to the Philippines. California gets 80 percent of the crop.
That's why Shelton has earned its unique nickname of "Christmastown U.S.A." This is the place where Santa stops to load his sleigh with fragrant, feathery green firs and pines grown for the purpose of making Christmas merry for mil...