Archive for March 28th, 2013

Originally published in the Enumclaw Courier-Herald, March 28, 1963

Cumberland firehouse

The Cumberland firehouse was the former gymnasium.

Cumberland, the unincorporated town eight miles northeast of Enumclaw, hopes to have fire protection in the very near future if current plans are successfully concluded, according to Emmett Gleason, Cumberland businessman and one of a committee of five citizens named to spearhead the movement. For several years, Gleason said, Cumberland has been an “orphan” insofar as its incorporation into a rural fire district has been concerned.

According to the boundary lines of surrounding fire districts, the Enumclaw fire department could only go to a point two miles south of the “orphan,” the Palmer-Selleck fire district equipment was drawn to a halt one and one-half miles north of the town, and the Black Diamond firefighters, as far as legality was concerned, had to come to a grinding stop when they reached a point four miles west of Cumberland. (more…)

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