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By Jim Link
For The Sentinel 

Plan now to take the Military Road tour


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Travel back in time: A comprehensive tour of Military Road is being offered for the third year, by the Klickitat County Historical Society.

We, at the Klickitat County Historical Society, enjoy and thank the community for your continuing support. We appreciate that the Presby Mansion is chosen to be a unique background to display the work and the events that bring visitors to the community and the museum. We take pride in displaying the collections, the artifacts and the history that are donated to and shared with us.

Our efforts are being rewarded in a myriad of ways. The Presby Mansion has a new roof, a new floor on the porch, fresh paint, new steps, new porch furniture, the lawns, flowers, and shrubs are looking spectacular, unpaid helpers greet visitors at the door to help them access whatever they are seeking whether it's information, a picture of a long lost ancestor or an artifact that came to the West on the Oregon Trail.

Volunteers take care of all of that, and they tell us that they are richly rewarded in having access to the Museum and all it has to offer. That in itself is priceless, but the rewards don't stop there. On the weekend of July 4 the Presby was decorated from one end to the other with handmade quilts. The weekend before that, century old cars were displayed on the lawn. The drivers, dressed in period clothing, came from all over the Northwest, and were impressed by the warmness and the hospitality of our community.

Our facilities, the Presby Mansion, the artifacts, century old pictures, programs, documents, and memorabilia are all treasures that speak to and commemorate individuals and events of the past that make our community unique, but also fulfill our commitment to be the place that gives our community identity and strength.

Pursuant to that goal, on Sept. 20, the Klickitat County Historical Society will be offering The Military Road Tour for the third consecutive year. Termed as a project "That Keeps on giving" the tour, starting at the Presby Museum, follows the 158 year old wagon road to the top of the Columbia Hills, thence to a kiosk commemorating the first "stage stop" in the Valley of the Little Klickitat. After a stop for lunch and a program at the Centerville Grange, the tour continues to the place where the road crossed the Little Klickitat River, thence on to the another kiosk commemorating the Blockhouse built by the Military after the first skirmish of the 1855, 1858, Indian Wars. The tour continues past a pioneer graveyard, finishing at the Bolon Monument in the Simcoes.

Places on the bus are filling up fast. Call the Presby at 773 4303 to reserve a place.


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