Sunday, July 7, 2013

Post Card Series: Scenes of Evergreen

A bunch of the postcards are various scenes of Evergreen, the lake, and the dam.  This one is from pre highway 74, showing what is now considered the back way past the Church of the Transfiguration, and what is now named the Highland Haven hotel. As last time, some are hard to date, but we can get a general idea of the time periods based on things in the pictures.

This is probably the oldest one in the bunch.  This is the original road, pre Highway 74, that runs out in front  of the Church of the Transfiguration (That has been there since 1899) This road still exists, running around the point and coming out at the far end of Downtown Evergreen.  The buildings in the picture are still there.

If you look to the right hand side of the first post card, you can see the start of this rock that is in the left hand side of this picture.  That lodge is still there, and is now called the Highland Haven. There is, however, a nice cement bridge over the creek now, and this road opens onto Hwy 74 as it heads into town.  Based on the car in the picture, this postcard is from the 1920s-1930s.

Since we talked about the Church of the Transfiguration already - there it is, on the left hand side.  I'm guessing this postcard is 1940s, 1950s - the highway is paved, and the original road starts in the parking lot of the church there - that has not changed.  However, Meadow Drive running off to the right, is still a dirt road, and there is no sign of the old grocery store complex - it doesn't exist yet.  Not sure where the grocery store was? In the past, it's been a carpet store and is currently The Place at Evergreen.  Across from where the 7-11 used to be.

Here's Evergreen before the lake.  That makes this illustrated card predate 1927.

And look! The cabin is gone, and the lake is there.  This one was postmarked 1935.

And another illustrated one with the lake.  No date, but one thing I can tell you - if you are on this mountain looking down, the town looks almost exactly the same from the 1920s to today.  You want to see some really interesting pictures, when the road was very low and all the buildings were up on the hillsides?  Check with Hiwan Homestead - they have many.

Since we're talking lake, how about some 1930s fishing?

Or how about a picture of the dam?  This colorized postcard is from the 1930s- 1940s - I bet some car enthusiasts could actually give me a better year.  The punp house shown on the lower left lasted through the 1980s. Now, trails go through there, allowing you to walk around the lake without using the really old steep staircase above the pump house. (They still exist, BTW.)

Early illustration of the dam, pre trees being planted on the island/sandbar/grassy area shown here. The parking area does not look this nice anymore.

Back to the other side, with this illustration.  The house on the far side of the lake on this postcard and the one above? Still there as well.

So here is round two of the reunion based postcards of Evergreen.  Enjoy!

1 comment:

  1. Marguerite ButzowJuly 7, 2013 at 11:02 PM

    I have these same exact postcards in my collection. All except the first one, which compared to others I have that are of that vintage, could be from the 1920s. That was originally a hay field. The home in the far distance belonged to the Bancroft family.
    The third photo, you can see in the upper right hand corner, the very first homes being built in Hiwan Village.
    Marguerite Butzow