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Originally published in the Seattle Post-Intelligencer, October 28, 1993

The railroad depot at Cedar Falls, where extra engines were added to eastbound trains, bore the town’s name in foot-high electric letters.

The railroad depot at Cedar Falls, where extra engines were added to eastbound trains, bore the town’s name in foot-high electric letters.

Not only did a river run through it, but so did the railroad and a whole lot of power from the nation’s first publicly-owned hydroelectric plant.

It was like living on Walton’s Mountain, only with more people.

Cedar Falls wasn’t totally cut off from the Big City or the Big Wars or the Depression. In a very vital way, the tiny community in the Cascade foothills above North Bend was linked to all that.

“Cedar Falls was a unique little town that was created and flourished in the first half of the 20th century and then essentially disappeared in the face of changes in society and technology that erased its reason for existence,” wrote Marian Thompson Arlin and Dorothy Graybael Scott. (more…)

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