100th anniversary of ‘Sluicing the Hogback’ to raise downtown Port Angeles to be celebrated Saturday, Sunday
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A 1914 photo of North Laurel Street, looking north from First Street, in Port Angeles is seen as it is raised above sea level with mud from the Hogback sluiced through a series of pipes to First, Front, Oak and Laurel streets. Courtesy of Heritage Tours

By Arwyn Rice
Peninsula Daily News

PORT ANGELES — A full weekend of events is slated for the 100th anniversary of the completion of “Sluicing the Hogback,” which raised downtown Port Angeles above the tide line in 1914.

Tours of historical locations with historical re-enactors, historical displays, an antique car show, a barbecue and silent films will be offered, and Port Angeles Mayor Dan Di Guilio will dedicate a commemorative plaque.

Activities are planned from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

Organized by Port Angeles Heritage Tours, tours both days will be led by members of the Port Angeles City Council and by City Manager Dan McKeen.

At each stop, costumed guides will tell participants about the locations.

The tours will leave from The Landing mall atrium at 115 E. Railroad Ave.

On Saturday, they are planned on the hour from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday will feature two tours: at 10 a.m. and 11 a.m.

Tickets are available at The Landing mall atrium. They are $12 for adults, $10 for seniors and students, and $8 for children age 6-12. Children younger than six are free.

Tours include parts of the Port Angeles Underground, four historical buildings and a pictorial history of the Sluicing of the Hogback.

A tour of the historic Clallam County Courthouse clock tower will begin at 1:30 p.m. Saturday.

The cornerstone for the courthouse was laid in 1914.

“It was a big deal. They had a parade from the Masonic Temple to the site where the courthouse was to be built,” said Kathy Monds, executive director of the Clallam County Historical Society.

Local historian and County Commissioner Mike Doherty will guide the tour, which will include a visit to the historical courtroom and above the stained glass ceiling.

Participants will climb a steep ladder into the clock tower to see the mechanisms and to hear the clock chime.

The tour is free but donations will be accepted for the historical society.

Tour participants should use the Lincoln Street entrance to the historic Clallam County Courthouse. It is on South Lincoln Street just north of East Fourth Street.

The Clallam County Historical Society will open the “1914: The Year of Prosperity” display at the Museum at Carnegie, 205 S. Lincoln St., from noon to 4 p.m. Saturday and from 12:30 p.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday.

A display of early cars, steam engines, and tractors will be on display 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the trasnit lanes of the The Gateway transit center at Front and Lincoln streets.

Members of the Clallam County Genealogical Society will help visitors trace their family trees from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, and from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday at The Beanery, 114 E. Front St.

Smugglers Landing will offer an old-fashioned barbecue with a musical performance by Jim Lind and His Country Friends, at 5 p.m. Saturday at The Landing mall.

The cost of the barbecue is $5, which will benefit the Olympic Peninsula Humane Society and the Cancer Society.

Businesses throughout the downtown area will display photos of the history of Downtown Port Angeles.

Participating businesses will offer specials and customers can enter a drawing for $100 in Downtown Dollars, which can be spent at any participating store like cash.

There is no purchase required for the drawing.

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Reporter Arwyn Rice can be reached at 360-452-2345, ext. 5070, or at arwyn.rice@peninsuladailynews.com.

Last modified: June 18. 2014 7:07PM
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