Wednesday, November 13, 2013 at 7 - 9 p.m.
Author Chuck Flood has assembled a book of over 200 vintage photographs. Please join with him as he takes us on a virtual road trip down old Highway 99, and tells us… the rest of the story.
From 1850 on, Puget Sound pioneers established towns along shorelines, the waters were their highway.
By 1900 primitive wagon roads zigzagged inland, supporting travel by horse-drawn wagons and buggies, but often impossible during wet seasons.
By 1910, gasoline or steam powered auto-mobiles began to appear, and became increasingly popular. The state decided to build 3 new (paved) trunk roads, designed for automobile traffic and commercial transportation. Pacific Highway 99, opened in 1915, eventually connecting the length of western Washington State to Canada and Oregon.
Hwy 99 brought a new generation of entrepreneurs. They created many unique one-of-a-kind Roadside restaurants and cafes, tourist parks, auto courts and motels, sometime approaching fold art in style. Des Moines definitely had its share. Travel became fashionable and fun. A new era was born…
Questions will be answered during and after the presentation, followed by awarding of door prizes and an opportunity to visit and enjoy refreshments.
The Des Moines Historical Society looks forward to seeing familiar faces, and welcomes visitors and newcomers. Please join us on Wednesday November 13, 2013 7-9 p.m. at the Des Moines IOOF Hall - 728 So. 225th St. Des Moines, WA. The one-hundred year old IOOF Hall is in downtown Des Moines, on So. 225th street, one-half block west of Marine View Drive.
For more information call Jim Langston, Program Chairman, (206) 878-7205.