Did you know that Washington State’s roads originated in Steilacoom?
One of those early roads extended between Ft. Steilacoom and Hudson Bay Company’s Ft. Nisqually. That was just one of many interesting facts that Steilacoom Mayor Ron Lucas shared with Pioneer Middle School students during their recent Historic Preservation Month walk.
For their annual Historic Preservation Month activity, about 100 students from Derek Beaulieu’s 8th grade classes hiked from the school up Chambers Street to the Marsh on May 15.
Mayor Ron Lucas presented historic facts about this 62-acre area that was purchased by the Town in 1975. In 1998 the Town conducted a feasibility study about potential upgrades to the wetland area, including signage, and a more formal entry area. Cost of those recommended upgrades totaled almost $ 1 million. Because of other, more pressing, town projects, the Marsh project has been put aside.
The early Tuesday morning walk (the first group came through about 7:45 a.m.) was the most recent town-school event designed to acquaint students with town history. Previous activities have included tours of several historic homes, town hall, the Orr Home and Wagon Shop and local museums.
With their minds crammed with facts about the Steilacoom-Olympia road, students then hiked along the main trail to the marsh where they enjoyed the sounds of red wing black birds, and other wildlife residents.
Other trail users that morning included a group from Olympia, known as the “Tuesday Trotters.” For more information about the Marsh contact the Town of Steilacoom at 581-1912.
Submitted by Nancy Covert