Images of America “Forks”

August 18th, 2011 by brad

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The Forks Timber Museum is home to local artifacts, displays and a fantastic collection of  photos.  Many of these photos have been compiled in to an Images Of America series book.  From the arrival of the Ford family in 1878 to the arrival of Twilight fans more recently, the story of our hardy little community is told in photos and captions.  Early settlers endured the elements and isolation and many of their descendants still call Forks home.  The book is available at Forks True Value and Chinook Pharmacy and many other Forks businesses.
The book can be purchased and shipped from Chinook Pharmacy, call them at 360-374-5030 for details.

Twilight Twoilet

August 1st, 2011 by contributor

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The members of West End Business & Professional Association and Forks Chamber of Commerce have gone in together on two Sanicans placed downtown for the summer tourists.  Merchants in the area of the stoplight had been complaining about Twilight visitors using their restrooms which are usually back in store rooms and not meant for public use.

So a regular sanican was delivered first and when the folks at West Waste and Recycling delivered the second one it had a custom paint job, I call it the “Twilight Twoilet.”
Now visitors can have their pick Regular or Twilight!

It’s The Mayor’s Twilight Breaking Dawn Part 1 Contest!

July 27th, 2011 by contributor

How would you like to be Mayor of Forks for a day? Mayor Bryon Monohon has come up with a contest “The Mayor’s Twilight Breaking Dawn Part 1 Contest”! In addition to being mayor for a day the winner will receive a gift basket valued at $100.00. Details about the contest can be found on the City of Forks website. I wonder what Part 2 is?

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Vampires, Baseball and The Olympic Peninsula!

July 22nd, 2011 by contributor

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Baseball it’s just a game, right? Well, on Saturday August 27th the Seattle Mariner’s are celebrating Olympic Peninsula Appreciation Night! This is the 2nd annual Vampire Night at Safeco Field, the evening will also feature the Color Guard Presentation by Boy Scout Troop #1467 (Forks, WA). Vampires, Baseball and the Olympic Peninsula……hopefully, a winning combination? Go Mariner’s!

Hummingbird Chronicle

July 12th, 2011 by contributor

Recently The Forks Elks Lodge on Merchant Road became the host of a little family, a very little family, and they were a happy bunch, always humming. Well, they were Hummingbirds.

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Elks Lodge employee Chrystal King noticed the little nest in one of the Japanese Maple trees out in front of the Lodge and began documenting the blessed event with pictures.

On June 16th the eggs hatched and the two little birds began to grow.mama hummer babies

On July 7th, the baby birds were overflowing the tiny nest, their fully feathered bodies were ready and they took flight.

From Emily Dickinson, Within my Garden, Rides a Bird

He never stops, but slackens
Above the Ripest Rose –
Partakes without alighting
And praises as he goes……mama hummer bigger

Forks 2011 4th of July Parade

July 7th, 2011 by contributor

Forks just had a phenomenal Old-Fashioned 4th of July celebration. The weather was perfect…no rain and 80 degrees! It was a rare day due to the dry weather with record attendance at the parade. The parade was one that was full of color. Summer is here in Forks!

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1925 Forks High School Removed

June 25th, 2011 by contributor

Forks High School entrance (LEFT PHOTO) – Summer 2010 Forks High School entrance (RIGHT PHOTO) (facade) torn down June 20, 2011

Forks High school is currently being rebuilt where the 1925 building once stood. The 1925 structure had been condemned and had not been in use for two years so most of it was torn down last summer (2010). Last week, the front entrance (facade) was removed to make way for the new structure. The new high school building will be completed by this coming late Fall of 2011.

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Sad day in Olympic National Park

June 20th, 2011 by contributor

An incident in the Olympic National Park yesterday serves to remind us all that wild animals are, well wild. And while it is great to get close for a better picture we all need to take care when camping and hiking and coming in to contact with animals. It could be a matter of life and death for the person and the animal.elk

Hoh Baby

June 4th, 2011 by contributor

elk calfSpring time in the Hoh Rain Forest means new life. Not only the sprouting of native plants but the birth of a new generation of wildlife. Forks resident and National Park employee Patt Doyle, got to witness these events close up last week.

When a calf elk was born just off the back steps of the Visitors Center she was able to behold the wobbly baby taking its first steps, later during a walk she observed baby ducks and a mother deer with twins!

On her drive home a chance sighting of a bull elk, its antlers in velvet, and she gets paid for this?

The good news is, we can all enjoy the beauty of the Hoh Rain Forest, and its mosses, ferns, trees and even the baby boom.

The Hoh Rain Forest is located approximately 31 miles south of Forks off Highway 101 Phone: (360) 374-6925 for more information.
And, Thank You Patt for sharing your great photos!

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Hops History

May 25th, 2011 by contributor

The first Settler’s to the Forks prairie in the late 1800’s didn’t come for logging, they were mostly farmers. Hay, oats, grain, and vegetables grew well on the prairie, and hops were a major crop.

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But selling products beyond the prairie was a challenge. The nearest market in the 1870s was 100 miles away in Port Townsend, and in the 1890s was 60 miles away in Port Angeles. Hops regularly rotted awaiting transport.

Hop growing was in decline by the early 1900’s. The Merrill Whittier hop house, was located near our Town’s current only stoplight, became the site of all-night dances, people coming from miles around and staying until they could travel by daylight to their homesteads.

About twenty years ago I received a start from the original hops plants that still grow wild near the Forks Airport. Every spring when it begins to grow again it reminds me of the hardy individuals who first made Forks their home.

Rainforest Run!!

May 23rd, 2011 by contributor

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Born to be Wild? Or just like to have a good time? It is not too early to get the Rainforest Run marked on your calendar. This 4th annual event will take place August 19th-21st.

Start Your Engines!

May 16th, 2011 by contributor

Gentlemen and Ladies it is time to “Start Your Engines” as another season of West End Thunder drags is fast approaching. The first race of the season is set for May 21st and 22nd. Hopefully the weather has rained itself out and sunshine will make an appearance along with all the mean machines that have been sitting around all winter.

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Hop in the seat and hit the eighth mile!

Lady of the Lake

May 13th, 2011 by contributor

One of my favorite Forks Chamber web cams to check in on is the O.N.P. camera located at Lake Crescent. From 1937-1940 these deep cold waters harbored the mystery of a missing woman’s whereabouts.hallielathamillingworth

The woman, Hallie Illingworth, had disappeared and her husband claimed she had left him, but dental records identified her body when after three years it returned to the surface of the Lake.

Lake Crescent’s icy waters had turned Illingworth’s body to soap. Her husband went to trial and was convicted of her murder and sentenced to life, but was later paroled, leaving Illingworth to forever be known as “The Lady of the Lake.”

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Humble Boy – Live theatrical Performance in Forks!

May 12th, 2011 by contributor

If you are in Forks this Friday & Saturday, May 13th & 14th be sure to see the award winning live performance of Humble Boy that received rave reviews from it’s first weekend of performances. This adult performance by the Rainforest Players is at 7:30 pm both evenings at the Rainforest Art Center, 35 North Forks Ave. (next to the traffic light intersection). It is a lively performance that reflects life in both a serious and humorous fashion. DON’T MISS IT!

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Goosebumped Beach Bum

May 11th, 2011 by contributor

pemco While spring still seems to be unavailable, a trip to the beach can be a little chilly. So, the marketing people for Pemco Insurance have hit on some more Northwest humor, with their Northwest Profile #38-Goosebumped Beach Bum. This actually reflects many trips I have enjoyed. But what the heck the scenery is outstanding and the crowds are usually few, put on some warm clothes and enjoy!

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Meet Some Real AX MEN

May 9th, 2011 by contributor

logging pic jackWhile the TV show AX MEN is in re-runs the real thing can be seen every Wednesday for free, courtesy of the Forks Chamber of Commerce. Logging & Mill Tours, offered at no cost by the Forks Chamber, leave from the Forks Visitor Center at 9:00 a.m. on Wednesdays, May through September. The 2 1/2 to 3 hour tour provides a real view into the logging industry in the Forks area. Each tour, led by a volunteer experienced in logging and local forestry, is unique. The tour usually includes a visit to a working mill & logging sites as well as being jam packed with valuable information about forestry and logging. Reservations are strongly encouraged as the tours fill up quickly. Come experience the real danger and drama that loggers face every day, and get a better understanding of our local logging heritage. Call the Forks Visitor Information Center for more information 360-374-2531.
Picture: Joe Wentworth & Jack Olsen (my grandfather)
1930′s Clallam County.