White River Valley Museum to hold fall open house, railroad lecture

Join the White River Valley Museum for a fall open house & railroad lecture Oct. 2.

The evening begins at 6:30 with an open house at the museum, where visitors can climb aboard a 1924 Northern Pacific Railroad caboose in the museum's permanent exhibit, "1920s Auburn." Other permanent exhibits include an 1850s pioneer cabin, hops farming and an 1890s Muckleshoot Indian canoe scene.

The first Saturday in October presentation will cover the Tacoma Division's North End. Kent Sullivan, Eastside amateur historian and Northern Pacific modeler will reveal his discoveries about the NP's all-important link to Canada, the Sumas Line, encompassing the route from Tacoma to Sumas on the border with British Columbia. This line, completed in the 1890s, included vestiges of the Seattle, Lake Shore and Eastern, Seattle's upstart attempt to link itself by rail to the rest of the U.S.

If time permits, Kent also will give a short presentation on the NP's line into Bellingham, a small port once served by four transcontinental railroads.

Admission is $5 adults, $4 seniors/children and free to museum membership categories Train Master, Conductor and Engineer.

About the White River Valley Museum

The White River Valley Museum is a partnership with the City of Auburn and combines history and culture to create an exciting and educational experience for visitors. Museum collections focus on Puget Sound history, Northwest Indian culture, Japanese immigration and the Northern Pacific Railroad.

The White River Valley Museum is the best local history museum in the state according to the 2007 Washington State Visitors Guide.

The museum is open Wednesday through Sunday from noon to 4 p.m. and is located at 918 H St. SE in Auburn. Regular admission is $2 adults, $1 seniors and children. Admission is free on Wednesdays and the fourth Sunday of the month. Call 253-288-7433 for event information.

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