Memory Monday, Week 20

Since the 1960s Leavenworth, Washington, has become a great example of an economically depressed town reinventing itself and embarking on an exciting new life. Other nearby towns like Peshastin and Cashmere have benefited from the creation of a Bavarian village on the Wenatchee River. Cashmere, 12 miles east on Highway 2, is the home of Liberty Orchards, which produces delicious Aplets and […]

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Memory Monday, Week 19

After moving with his small family from a farm in Iowa to Washington State in the late 1920s, my grandpa began working for the railroad. The railroad had been pretty good to Leavenworth, at least for awhile. The Great Northern Railroad (now called Burlington Northern) ran its first line through Leavenworth in 1892, complete with division headquarters and a switching […]

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Memory Monday, Week 18

Leavenworth, Washington, located in the Northern Cascade Mountains, is a tiny town incorporated in 1906 and relying heavily on the railroad and the timber industry. By the 1960s the town was struggling for economic survival — and that was when the leaders came up with the idea of remodeling Leavenworth as a Bavarian village to attract tourists. As a child, my […]

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Memory Monday, Week 13

June 1978 — We spent a couple of days in the area around Leavenworth, Washington — this was where my mom spent the happiest part of her childhood.  This small town is surrounded by towering mountains with alpine forests, close to Lake Wenatchee and the rushing Wenatchee River (Wenatchee means “boiling water”); it’s not surprising she still loves this place. After […]

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WPC: Repurpose

The Daily Post Weekly Photo Challenge for the week of January 27, 2017. Show us something that you’ve recycled or repurposed, or an object for which you’ve discovered a clever new use. Visiting Riverside last December, I enjoyed eating at The Old Spaghetti Factory for the first time.  The food was good — but even better were the antique decorations. […]

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