A Path Into the Past

Many of Washington State's scenic spots and historic landmarks remain virtually untouched more than 65 years later -- at least the landmarks listed in a 1941 book, "...
by | July 25, 2007

Many of Washington State's scenic spots and historic landmarks remain virtually untouched more than 65 years later -- at least the landmarks listed in a 1941 book, "A Guide to the Evergreen State." In a quest to help promote historic preservation and heritage tourism throughout the state, members of the Washington Trust for Historic Preservation set out to see what remained of the sites compiled in the 1941 book. Their findings have been brought together in a free CD, "Revisiting Washington: A Guide to the Evergreen State." The disc updates the guide with current field notations, digital navigational tools, a rich collection of images and graphics, and historic audio and video clips. For example, the revisiting team found that 32 of 39 counties still have historical county courthouses and that state and national parks haven't changed much. Support for the project came from a federal grant and the state's tourism, parks and transportation departments. To download the updated guide or for information on where to find the CD, visit www.revisitingwashington.org.