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A restored 1912 train depot houses a variety of displays including an old-time parlor, kitchen, school house, Indian room, turn-of- the-century logging equipment and an extensive local history research library. Located at 599 N.W. Front Way, Chehalis, the museum is open Tuesday through Saturday from 9AM to 5PM and on Sunday from 1PM to 5PM. For more information, call (360) 748-0831.

East Lewis County Historical Museum(Morton)

Referred to as the "Old Settlers Museum," this historical spot is located in the home of Gust Backstrom, a Swedish immigrant, and is a showcase for old logging and mining equipment. Located at 710 Main Street, Morton, the museum is open Saturday and Sunday(1PM to 4PM), Memorial Day through Labor Day, Free admission, call(360)496-6446.

Chehalis-Centralia Railroad

A 1916 steam locomotive offers rides to passengers on weekends during the summer months. The train departs from Sylvenus Street, Chehalis, on a 12-mile round-trip that runs through the peaceful Chehalis River Valley. Dinner trains trips depart monthly. Call (360) 748-9593.

Centralia Historical Murals

Sixteen murals painted on the sides of buildings portray the history of the area. An informative walking tour map is available from Destination Centralia, 210 Railroad Ave., Centralia. A brochure about the murals can be obtained by calling 1-800-831-5334.

The Joseph Borst Home and Blockhouse

Situated in Centralia's Fort Borst Park, the blockhouse was built in the late 1850s to hold grain and military supplies. The home was built in the early 1860s, after skirmishes with the native people ended, to fulfill Borst's promise to his bride. A model of a one-room schoolhouse is also located in the park. All three are open summer weekends from 1PM to 4PM. Call (360) 330-7688.

The Jackson House

An 1845 log cabin credited with hosting the first U.S. District Court north of the Columbia River, is located 10 miles south of Chehalis on the Jackson Highway, south of Mary's Corner on Hwy 12. Call (360) 864-2643.

Chehalis-Turn-of-the-Century Homes

The Hillside historical district, on the east side of the historic downtown area is primarily located on Southeast Washington, Adams, Jefferson Avenues, Hillside Drive and Terrace Road. The area was first developed in the 1890s. The district was named to the National Register of Historic Places in 1996.

Chehalis-Downtown Historic District

Placed in the National Register of Historic Places in 1997, it encompasses the two block area generally considered the "Heart of Downtown." The 23 contributing buildings provide an atmosphere of small town America of yesteryear.

Toledo - Saint Francis Mission

Simon Plamondon, the first permanent white settler, returned to his homeland in the Red River of Canada, a 3,000 mile trek, to request a mission be established to serve the five families employed by the Hudson Bay Company. On December 12, 1838, Mass was held at the first Catholic Mission in Washington state. The fourth church on this site was built in 1932. Notable are the historic cemetery and stained-glass windows. The church doors are open seven days a week.

PARKS & WILDERNESS AREAS:

Approximately one third of Lewis County is national forest. The county includes portions of the Mount Baker-Snoqualmie and Gifford Pinchot National Forests and the Mt. Rainier National Park, as well as the William Douglas, Tatoosh and Goat Rocks Wilderness Areas. The Mount Rainier summit, at 14,410 feet, is just 10 miles from the county's northeastern boundary. Mount Rainier, Mount St. Helens National Monument and Mount Adams are easily accessible.

BOTANICAL INTERESTS:

For those whose passion is plants, there are several farms (some organic) growing and selling culinary and medicinal herbs as well as ornamental corn, apples, gourds, pumpkins, flowers and bulbs. For a directory call the Washington State University Cooperative Extension (360) 740-1295.

SHOPPING:

Lewis County is second only to Snohomish as an antique seeker's destination. There are more than 350 antique dealers in nearly 20 shops and three malls concentrated in Centralia and Chehalis. Also in Centralia (at Interstate 5 Exit 82) are more than 50 name-brand factory outlet stores including Bass, London Fog, Levis, Lee, American Tourister, Carter's and Pfaltzgraff. Besides the Centralia-Chehalis area, quaint country stores full of antique and contemporary treasures are found in every town.

DINING:

An historic eatery, McMenimans' Olympic Club, is the second oldest saloon in Washington State. The Olympic Club and Micro Brewery is located in a landmark building at 112 North Tower Avenue, Centralia. Originally built in 1891, the saloon was rebuilt after a fire in 1908. Original details include a sign at the entrance which reads "Women's patronage not solicited."

Notable restaurants in Centralia and Chehalis include Historic Mary McCrank's Dinner House, Plaza Jalisco, Rib Eye, Sweet Inspirations, Back Nine Bistro, Red Dawg Brewpub, Kit Carson, and a tourist favorite, Country Cousin. In Morton, The Roadhouse is a well-known eatery. Elsewhere in the county are Peter's Inn in Packwood, Mt. Adams Cafe in Randle and Brook's Nook in Vader.




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