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History at a Glance

The automobile comes to Skokomish Valley

In her book "Long, Long Ago in Skokomish Valley," written in 1965, Emma Richert included a chapter on transportation. In the very early days in Skokomish Valley, transportation consisted of horse-drawn wagons or buggies, or riding horseback. By 1893, bicycles were coming into popular use. In 1897, Barber Wehnes rode her bicycle from Shelton to visit the Will Hunters in the Valley in an hour and a half - a "nice record," according to the Journal.

Emma remembered the crookedness, the narrowness and the muddiness of Skokomish Valley roads. They twisted among the stumps and trees and meandered ove...


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