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Originally published in the Voice of the Valley, September 9, 2014

By Bill Kombol

Lake Sawyer log dump, 1928. Courtesy of University of Washington Libraries, Special Collections, C. Kinsey No. 1684

Lake Sawyer log dump, 1928

This photo by Clark Kinsey shows one of the log dumps of the Lake Sawyer Mill Company, circa 1928. This log dump facility was located on the west shore of Lake Sawyer at the current site of the Sunrise Lake Sawyer Resort. This old log dump is now a short peninsula at the resort which juts out into the lake. (more…)

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Originally published in the Voice of the Valley, July 12, 1978

By Bill Ziegner

Recognize it? The above photo shows Wilderness Village as it looked nearly 25 years ago. A lot has happened since, as indicated by today’s appearance as seen in the recent photo below. This coming Saturday, July 15, merchants of the Wilderness Village Shopping Center will be observing their 16th anniversary.

Recognize it? The above photo shows Wilderness Village as it looked nearly 25 years ago. A lot has happened since, as indicated by today’s appearance as seen in the recent photo below. This coming Saturday, July 15, merchants of the Wilderness Village Shopping Center will be observing their 16th anniversary.

Sixteen years of steady growth and progress will be observed by the merchants of the Wilderness Village Shopping Center this coming Saturday, July 15.

The “Village” is the largest operation of its kind in the Greater Maple Valley area, its land area consisting of ten business zoned acres with nine more potential business acres in reserve. Its buildings, which contain over 57,000 square feet, house 29 business firms employing some 150 persons. The Village’s net worth is in excess of 2 million dollars.

Additional expansion is being planned for the near future, according to owner Joe Flynn, on five adjoining acres south of the Village. (more…)

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Originally published in The Seattle Daily Times, June 29, 1959

By John Reddin

Reminiscing: William Peacock, 73, astride his 30-year-old riding horse, Coalie, recalled the early days of Hobart School, in the background, to Steve Dickman, left, 9, and Jimmy Thompson, 10, who attended the school until it was decided recently to tear it down. Hobart school children will attend a new consolidated school near Lake Wilderness. —Times staff photo by John T Closs.

Reminiscing: William Peacock, 73, astride his 30-year-old riding horse, Coalie, recalled the early days of Hobart School, in the background, to Steve Dickman, left, 9, and Jimmy Thompson, 10, who attended the school until it was decided recently to tear it down. Hobart school children will attend a new consolidated school near Lake Wilderness. —Times staff photo by John T Closs.

While small boys romped and scuffled nearby, middle-aged parents and oldsters of Hobart, east of Maple Valley, yesterday were busy tearing down the old Hobart country school.

The four-room frame schoolhouse, with its traditional school-bell tower, long has been a landmark on the Issaquah-Ravensdale road. Built in 1909, the four-room school has served its purpose. Pupils will attend a new school under construction near Lake Wilderness under a school-district consolidation. (more…)

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Originally published in The Seattle Daily Times, June 24, 1923

Beautiful trip close at hand: Trip to Lake Sawyer delights

Lovely body of water, studded with islands, lies straight east of Kent and thirty-one miles from Seattle

Seattle motorists often look too far away from Seattle in picking out objectives for their weekly tours, but there are many very delightful places within sixty miles of Seattle that are well worth a visit. Such a one is the trip to Lake Sawyer made by a Times Tours party in an Oakland Six coupe driven by Harry D. Austin, sales manager of the Northwest Oakland Company. Lake Sawyer is just a few miles straight east from Kent and a charming spot. These pictures show something of the country at and near Lake Sawyer. 1—Part of Lake Sawyer, one of the prettiest little bodies of water in the Puget Sound country. 2—The car that made the trip. 3—One of the attractive stretches of the road through the big Lake Sawyer grove of evergreens. 4—Scene on Cedar River in the Maple Valley. As the map indicates the return may be made via Maple Valley and that route offers a variety that is pleasing.

Seattle motorists often look too far away from Seattle in picking out objectives for their weekly tours, but there are many very delightful places within sixty miles of Seattle that are well worth a visit. Such a one is the trip to Lake Sawyer made by a Times Tours party in an Oakland Six coupe driven by Harry D. Austin, sales manager of the Northwest Oakland Company. Lake Sawyer is just a few miles straight east from Kent and a charming spot. These pictures show something of the country at and near Lake Sawyer. 1—Part of Lake Sawyer, one of the prettiest little bodies of water in the Puget Sound country. 2—The car that made the trip. 3—One of the attractive stretches of the road through the big Lake Sawyer grove of evergreens. 4—Scene on Cedar River in the Maple Valley. As the map indicates the return may be made via Maple Valley and that route offers a variety that is pleasing.

Too many motorists, when planning their weekend or Sunday trips, consider only those run-ups that take one many miles away from Seattle. They have their eyes focused, so to speak, on the distant points and miss altogether the wholly delightful places close to home. Like the children in Maeterlinck’s play who sought the blue bird all over the world and returned, finally, to find it had been in their own home all the time.

One of the chief charms of this Puget Sound country, however, and one of the things that makes owning an automobile so enjoyable, is the fact that there are dozens and dozens of delightful trips within a range of forty miles out of Seattle. It is not necessary for motorists to range far afield, to drive miles and miles before reaching interesting and pretty country, as is true In the East and South.

Trip to Lake Sawyer

For instance, there is the trip taken by The Times Tours party in an Oakland Six coupe last week, the trip to Lake Sawyer. Harry D. Austin, sales manager of the Northwest Oakland Company, proposed the trip. Austin reasoned that it seemed rather foolish to ignore the scenic attractions close to home and he promised that the trip would prove a pleasant surprise, so down Rainier Valley the Oakland started. (more…)

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Originally published in the Pacific Coast Bulletin, June 14, 1923

If working a shift in Black Diamond Mine was no harder for the four men shown above than it was for them to pose for this picture, there would always be a mad scramble among the men to see who could get the first man-trip down.

At the left we introduce to you, George Belt, and next to him, Fred Cunningham, a former Issaquah miner. The man next in line is R.E. “Curly” Campbell and the young Hercules at the extreme right is Darwin Walton. (more…)

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(This is the ninth of a series of articles describing the weekend tours of Joe and Janice Krenmayr of Seattle, who are renewing acquaintance with their home county after nearly five years in Central and South America.)

Originally published in The Seattle Daily Times, June 8, 1952

Fishing and boating are but two of the many amusements offered at Gaffney’s Lake Wilderness Lodge.

Fishing and boating are but two of the many amusements offered at Gaffney’s Lake Wilderness Lodge.

By Janice Krenmayr

Fortunately for us there are any number of little lakes and pleasure resorts within a short distance of Seattle. For Joe, enmeshed in some household remodeling, had time for only a quick trip on Weekend No. 9.

Lake Wilderness, 12 miles east of Renton and Kent, was within that range. Many years ago we’d had fun on an office picnic here, but now we stood on the boating dock at Gaffney’s Grove, a little startled at the changes. The riding stables, baseball diamond, roller rink, dance hall, horseshoe pits … were they there before? There seemed to be many more cottages, too.

Despite its growth in popularity the little lake still retains the atmosphere which must have inspired its name. Set plump in the middle of thick woods, the shimmering green water seems to be trying to push back the trees that crowd to its very edge. (more…)

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Originally published in The Seattle Times, May 28, 1977

Sketch shows concession stand in front of bathhouse.

Sketch shows concession stand in front of bathhouse.

The famed dance hall at the former Gaffney’s Lake Wilderness Resort, now a King County park, is doomed.

It will be torn down in a few weeks during an improvement project for the park being carried out by the Carl Humphrey Construction Co. (more…)

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