Vacations To Go

 


A Haunted Weekend

 

Day 1 Friday November 10th  
Day 1 Friday November 10th  
8:00 a.m. Depart: Spokane  
    (Take exit 101.)  
10:55 a.m. Arrive: Thorp 184
  Do: Thorp Fruit & Antiques (8-8:30)  
12:00 p.m. Depart: Thorp  
    (Go left across the freeway on Thorp Hwy. Turn right on Thorp Cemetery Rd.)  
  See: Thorp Cemetery  
    (Turn around and go left on the Thorp Hyw. Enter I-90 on the left. Take exit 85.)  
12:30 p.m. Arrive: Cle Elum 18
  Do:
Lunch-Bakery House (11-2:30)
501 E 1st
 
    (Continue right. On the right side.)  
    Tuckaway Antiques
215 E 1st
 
    Attic Treasures Thrift Store (10-5)
202 W 1st
 
1:45 p.m. Depart: Cle Elum  
    (Continue right through town. Turn right on Cle Elum Way. Go left on 2nd/Hwy 903. In Roslyn turn left on Washington.)  
2:00 p.m. Arrive: Roslyn 4
  Do: Oldest Bar in Washington Letterbox
Roslyn Pioneer Park
 
    NX 25th Anniversary Box
Runje Field
 
    (Go back on Washington. Turn right on 2nd. Turn right on Pennsylvania Ave, past the museum and up the hill merging into fifth street.  Turn left onto Memorial Drive and enter the lower section of the cemetery as shown on the map below.)  
  See: Cemetery

The Roslyn Cemetery is actually 27 separate cemeteries bundled together in the wooded Roslyn hillside.  Nearly 5000 graves represent 24 different nationalities that used to live in the town (many worked in the coal mines).  For the most part, the cemeteries are separated into  fraternal organizations that represent particular ethnic groups.  Because of the diversity represented in the cemeteries, visitors will notice a lot of variation in how the graves are marked.  Some are adorned with metal crosses, while others are marked with intricately carved (albeit weathered) stone work.  The arrangement of the plots are also interesting in that most face East, but the Polish cemetery faces North.  The reason for the North facing layout of the Polish cemetary is not entirely clear, though some feel it was so the headstones would face the Church where they worshiped. The cemetery is also a stark reminder of the hardships and tragedies experienced by those early founders of Roslyn.  Graves memorialize two of the most deadly mine explosions in Washington State, which occurred in Roslyn in 1892 and 1909.  Baby and children’s graves provide a sense of the high infant mortality rate faced in those tough times; and impacts of epidemics like 1918’s Spanish Flu are also evidenced by the high death rates in those periods.

 
    (Go back on Memorial. Turn left on 3rd. Go left again on Seventh Streets and enter the upper portion of the cemetery complex.   
3:00 p.m. Depart: Roslyn  
    (Go back out on 7th. Turn left on Horvatt Rd. It will end at Hwy 903. Go left. In town turn left on Atlantic.)  
3:10 p.m. Arrive: Ronald 2
   
Firehouse, Schoolhouse and Gym

Ronald was built in 1888 two miles west of Roslyn by the Northern Pacific Coal Company, a subsidiary company of the Northern Pacific Railroad. Workers from Northern’s Coal Mine No. 3 lived in the town which was named after the superintendent of mining, Alexandr Ronald. Like Roslyn, Jonesville and Cle Elum, the town supplied coal for the Northern Pacific Railroad’s steam locomotives.

Ronald’s biggest event by far was the fire of April 18, 1928. Bertholomes "Bert " Pellegrini (also spelled Pelligrini) was the proprietor of the Falcon Pool and Dance Hall in Ronald. A town resident for only eight months, he also owned and operated the Donadio Garage. At 2:30 p.m. on Saturday, August 18, 1928, Pellegrini was distilling a large batch of moonshine whiskey in a hidden chamber beneath the pool hall. (Prohibition became law in Washington state in 1916.) During this process a 250-gallon vat of alcohol exploded. Somehow he managed to escape from beneath the burning building and stumble home. His wife, Margaret, called a neighbor, who drove Pellegrini, severely burned, to a hospital in Cle Elum.

Fueled by the alcohol, the flames immediately consumed the wooden building, spread rapidly through the surrounding businesses and then to miner's houses. Gasoline in storage at the General service station further fueled the flames and before long the entire lower portion of the town was ablaze. The Cle Elum Fire Department rushed to the scene with water pumps, saving many houses that otherwise would have been destroyed. Strong winds fanned the flames and blew burning shingles and embers into the tinder-dry scrub brush and trees southeast of Ronald. There had been no rain for weeks and fire spread rapidly down the valley in the direction of Roslyn.that destroyed much of the town, lit nearby dry brush and came perilously close to destroying Roslyn. The cause was an explosion of a 250 gallon vat of alcohol in a hidden chamber beneath the Falcon Pool and Dance hall. The owner, “Bert” Pelligrini, was running an illegal still during Prohibition. He was able to escape the fire, but later died of his wounds at the hospital.

Conditions were so bad that the local mines closed down and the miners sent to help battle the fire. They, along with citizens of all the nearby communities, railroad workers, and the Cle Elum Fire Department battled the flames. 2000 people worked until the wind died down in the late evening when they were able to contain the fire. It was stopped short of a stone building 1/2 mile Northwest of Roslyn, full of explosives that likely would have destroyed the town if it caught on fire. The fire still managed to destroy the entire business district of Ronald and 32 homes.

The Northern Pacific Coal Company (by now renamed to the Northwestern Improvement Company,) rebuilt the town and kept it in operation until the 1960’s. Diesel powered locomotives made the coal fired steam locomotives obsolete, and in turn, Ronald died.

The town still has a couple of interesting old buildings, including the school house that has two covered stair cases leading to the main entrance.

 
3:30 p.m. Depart: Ronald  
    (Continue left/west on Hwy 903. Turn left on Lake Cabin Rd.)  
3:45 p.m. Arrive: Cle Elum Lake  
    (Turn around and head back on Hwy 903. Turn right on Bullfrog Rd. Enter I-90. Take exit 10 onto I-405. Take exit 23A onto Hwy 522. Turn right on 73rd Ave NE. Go left on 181st St.)Turn around and head east on Hwy 903. Turn right on Bullfrog Rd. Enter I-90. Take exit 10 onto I-405. Take exit 23A onto Hwy 522. Turn right on Bothell Way. Take the 4th left on Reder Way.)  
5:30 p.m. Arrive: Bothel 104
  Do: Anderson Schoolhouse McMennamin's
18607 Bothell Way NE
 
7:00 p.m. See: Thor: Ragnarok  
9:30 p.m. Depart: Bothel  
    (Turn right on Hwy 522/Bothell Way. Turn right on Hwy 104/Ballinger Way. It will go left. Go through I-5. Turn right on Hwy 99.)  
9:45 p.m. Arrive: Edmonds 6
  Do: Check-in Hotel (Under my name)
23825 Hwy 99
 
  Lodge: Travelodge Seattle/North Edmonds
23825 Hwy 99
(425) 771-8008
Queen $70.43, 2 Queens $85.52, fridge, microwave, breakfast
(318)



Day 2 Saturday October 11th  
9:00 a.m. Depart: Hotel  
    (Go right. At the light turn left on 238th. Turn right on Hwy 104/Edmonds Way. Follow signs to the ferry.)  
9:40 a.m. Do: Ferry $15 driver/$8.35 passengers  
10:10 a.m. Arrive: Kingston  
    (Go straight ahead on Hwy 104. At the junction continue right on Hwy 104.)  
10:20 a.m. Arrive: Port Gamble 8
  See:
General Store- Holiday Open House (8-6)
32400 N Rainier Ave
Port Gamble, WA
 
    Buena Vista Cemetery  
11:15 a.m. Depart: Port Gamble  
    (Go back south on Hwy 104. At the junction go right on Hwy 307. Go through Hwy 305. Turn left on Front St.)  
11:30 a.m. Arrive: Poulsbo 10
  See: Shops  
   
Sluys Bakery
18924 Front St NE
 
    Boehms Chocolates (9:30-6:30)
18864 Front St NE
 
    (Across the street.)  
    Red Plantation (10-6)
18833 Front St
 
  Do: Lunch- (Barb & Tamra pick. Let Sherry know where so they can meet you.)  
2:00 p.m. Depart: Poulsbo  
    (Go back up Front St. Go right on Bond. Go left on Hwy 305. Enter Hwy 3. At the junction go left on Hwy 104 across the bridge. Turn right on Hwy 19. Just before you enter town turn left on Mill Rd. Take an immediate right on Discovery Rd. Turn left on Cherry St.)  
3:00 p.m. Arrive: Port Townsend 35
3:00 p.m.  
The Commanding Officer's Quarter (Sat and Sun 12-5) $2
200 Battery Way
overlooks Admiralty Inlet with the Cascades in the background. Completed in 1904, 33 families called this place home during the days of the fort. The building has been restored and furnished in keeping with the late Victorian period (1890 - 1910), providing a glimpse into the life of an officer and his family in the first decade of this century. 
 
And/OR See: Coast Artillery Museum (Daily 11-4)
Established to preserve and interpret coast artillery history with special emphasis on the harbor defenses of Puget Sound as they existed and functioned from the late 1800s to the end of World War II. Among the collections and artifacts, visitors will see a three-dimensional scale model of Battery Kinzie showing the design and structure of the massive fortifications and the emplacements for the two 12-inch disappearing guns that were kept in readiness for possible attack from 1910 to 1943.
 
   
Point Wilson Lighthouse
*Special scheduled tours can be arranged by calling L.D. Eubank, (360) 385-3293, or Dotty Ross (360) 908-4390.
 
Everyone:      
4:00 p.m. Do: Check-in House
210 Battery Way
 
    (Go back out of Fort Worden on Cherry. Go right on Blaine. Go left on Kearney. Go right on Sims Way. On the right side.)  
  See: Port Townsend Shops  
   
Elevated Ice Cream and Candy Shop (10-10)
631 Water St
 
    (Go back on Water St. On the left side.)  
  Do: Dinner-Bayview Restaurant
1539 Water St
 
  Depart: Downtown  
    (Go left on Water St. Turn right on Kearney St. Turn right on Blaine St. Go left on Walker St. It will become Cherry.)  
  Arrive: Fort Worden  
    (Go straight down Cherry St out of the fort. It will curve onto Walker. At Washington go left. About 10 blocks down by the fountain on the left.)  
Barb & Tamra:      
10:00 p.m.  
In Dead of Night Tour (10 p.m.) $40
This is not for the faint of heart! Starting at 10pm and lasting through the witching hour, this is more than just a ghost tour. This event includes an app for download, Q&A session before the tour and paranormal investigation equipment for your use during the tour. This is a full 120 min. twisted experience of downtown, with extra attention to hot spots along the way. All info is logged and put on a thumb drive for your review.
 
    A Discover Pass is not required to park in Fort Worden’s upper campus, which includes the parade grounds and the majority of historic buildings in the campus area of the park. However, a Discover Pass is required to access and park at Fort Worden’s beaches, trailheads and view areas. Check-in at 4 p.m. and checkout at 11:00 a.m. (53)
    (Turn around on Washington. Go the same 10 blocks back. Turn right on Walker. It will become Cherry, then Fort Worden.)  
  Lodge: The Corporals-Courtside Collection $181.26
These hundred-year-old two-story duplex homes on NCO Row housed the non-Commissioned officers and their families, and today they remain true to their original, modest character. Each provides a welcoming front porch, a living room, an eat-in kitchen, and a rustic sleeping porch. Upstairs find two bedrooms, one with a queen-sized bed and the other with two twins, as well as a full bathroom with a bathtub. Features: • 2 bedrooms/1 bath • 1 queen-sized bed and two twin-sized beds • Luxury linens • Eat-in kitchen with dishes and basic cookware • Located near playing courts and Artillery Hill trailheads • Pet-friendly (Pet fee applies)
 

 

Day 3 Sunday November 12th  
9:00 a.m. Depart: Port Townsend  
    (Go back out of Fort Worden on Cherry. Go right on Blaine. Go left on Kearney. Go right on Sims Way. Continue on Sims Way. It will become Hwy 20. Go left on Hwy 19. Go left on Hwy 104. It will go right at Port Gamble and left eventually.)  
10:00 a.m. Arrive: Kingston 35
10:25 a.m. Do: Ferry $15/No Passenger Fee  
10:55 a.m. Arrive: Edmonds  
    (Turn right off the ferry on Hwy 104. Turn right on I-5. Enter I-90.)  
3:30 p.m. Arrive: Spokane 296
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