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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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Originally published in the Voice of the Valley, April 23 and 30, 1975

By Laura Lorenz

Modern-day fireman George Raffle, shown above with the moving stock of the Maple Valley Fire Department (King County District 43), is understandably proud of today’s fire station and its equipment. It all started back in 1950 when three citizens went together to sign a $500 note. (Voice photo by Kevin McLellan)

Modern-day fireman George Raffle, shown above with the moving stock of the Maple Valley Fire Department (King County District 43), is understandably proud of today’s fire station and its equipment. It all started back in 1950 when three citizens went together to sign a $500 note. (Voice photo by Kevin McLellan)

The Maple Valley Fire Department grew from a dream to actuality in the spring of 1950 when a $500 note was signed by Joe Mezzavilla, Bill Mitchell, and Frank Sayers to obtain a 1926 Howard Cooper fire engine truck from the city of Blaine, Washington. The remaining one-half of the truck’s cost was gathered by numerous citizens’ donations. (more…)

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Originally published in the Seattle Daily Times, August 21, 1927

Edith H. Spurlock

Edith H. Spurlock

Edith Hazel Spurlock, 12 years old, swims under water with hand under chin of victim

Latest of Seattle’s heroine is 12-year-old Edith Hazel Spurlock, who last Wednesday rescued from drowning a full grown youth, 22 years of age, and who weighed 175 pounds.

Albert Fant was swimming in Green River, near Diamond Mineral Springs, and became confused, owing to the swift current. Edith Spurlock, who has been swimming only since last summer, leaped into the water and swam out to him. The following is her own narrative of what took place.

“When I had reached Mr. Fant, my first idea was to keep his head above the water, so I put my hand under his chin. He started to fight and pushed my head under the water. I ducked and swam under him. By this time he had swallowed considerable water and became unconscious. I put my hand under his chin and started swimming toward a log that was caught by a snag. (more…)

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Originally published in The Seattle Daily Times, August 13, 1922

Charming body of water is nestled in setting of tall evergreens to east of Kent near Black Diamond

Another delightful place for loafing: Sometimes loafing is better for one than fishing, and Lake Sawyer, one of the most delightful little spots near Seattle, offers a fine combination of both. These pictures, taken last week on a Times tour in a Maxwell car furnished by William T. Patten Company, indicate something of the charm of Lake Sawyer. (1) One corner of the lake. (2) Map showing the route to the lake. The lake is only thirty miles from Seattle via Renton and Kent. The alternative route through Auburn via the Black Diamond road is but a few miles longer. (3) The Maxwell in a clump of big evergreens that make up Sawyer’s Grove, a magnificent stand of timber surrounding the lake. (4) One of the picturesque little cottages on the lake shore.

Another delightful place for loafing: Sometimes loafing is better for one than fishing, and Lake Sawyer, one of the most delightful little spots near Seattle, offers a fine combination of both. These pictures, taken last week on a Times tour in a Maxwell car furnished by William T. Patten Company, indicate something of the charm of Lake Sawyer. (1) One corner of the lake. (2) Map showing the route to the lake. The lake is only thirty miles from Seattle via Renton and Kent. The alternative route through Auburn via the Black Diamond road is but a few miles longer. (3) The Maxwell in a clump of big evergreens that make up Sawyer’s Grove, a magnificent stand of timber surrounding the lake. (4) One of the picturesque little cottages on the lake shore.

Map makers render a real service to mankind, but are too prosaic, too matter-of-fact, much too reticent. They give one information, it is true, but they content themselves with the cold bare facts, with the prosaic presentation of things as they are, geographically speaking, and they stop right there, just like a tight-mouthed old man who answers a question grudgingly and with no elaboration. (more…)

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