Northwest NEWS

December 10, 2001


Does anyone remember hearing the name Carnation?

To refresh your memory we are a little city between Duvall and Fall City, and we used to be known as Tolt back in 1912, the date of incorporation. But then in 1917 some of the nice people thought it would be honorable to change our name to Carnation as long as Mr. Stuart was building Carnation Milk Farms near by. Then, some of the old timers revolted and said let's go back to Tolt, so the vote in 1928 put it back to Tolt.
   Lo and behold, in 1951 some of the women's clubs decided Carnation was a prettier name, and on the ballot it went again and we have been Carnation ever since.
   If you get a chance, visit our little city and see the Christmas decorations. On Saturday, Dec. 1, Santa rode into town on his horse.
   A parade with tree lighting and music was enjoyed by a large crowd even though they were drenched with wind and rain. The church, school and Senior Center were also buzzing with activities too many to mention, and I can't begin to name all those who worked so hard to make it a great success.
   The little Information Building on Main Street which has been left to take care of itself got a trimming and cleaning up, thanks to the Chamber.
   What can we say to Jill Alves of Carnation who stepped forward and decorated the whole thing inside and out? A beautiful job Jill and thanks from all of us.
   The Carnation Chamber has their seventh ornament out this year. It pictures the Alki steamboat that used to come up the Snoqualmie River from Everett bringing supplies and logging equipment to this area.
   It stopped at Ames Landing at the end of Northeast 40th Street where Tolt River McDonald Park is now located.
   The ornaments can be purchased at Bank of America, Simply Grand, Ace Hardware, QFC, Sandy's and Ixtapa. The Tolt Historical Society also has "Tolt/Carnation a Town Remembered," for sale.
   Tolt Historical Society is proud to announce that their museum in the Sno Valley Senior Center building is all remodeled and open to the public from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday or whenever the center is open.
   Now, I hope a lot of you readers will take a few minutes and visit Carnation. We didn't roll over and die, we just took a long rest.
   Isobel L. Jones, Carnation