Fred Cruger of the Granite Falls Historical Museum suggests that the town's weekly, the Snohomish County Forum for April 27, 1933, most likely gave detailed front page coverage of the fire.
On the evidence of the traditional interpretation of the photo that follows - another scene crowded with men - Fred Cruger
thinks it perhaps likely that the men milling here are waiting for the baseball game to begin.
Below we will add this time as "straight" extras (not half-hidden behind a link) the few more now-then comparisons that you visited and recorded recently with the guidance of Fred Cruger, a Granite Fall historian/archivist who often appears in this blog as our primary vintage auto expert.
has also composed several interpretations/captions for the photo you repeated while in Granite Falls as well as short descriptions of the several records you made of the Grant Falls Historical Museum
, for whose appointments, and interpretations he
is also an admirable steward.
So here follows you and Fred
Spending the afternoon with Fred Cruger
as my guide to Granite Falls and the many wonders of his
museum was a real kick.
has an artist's passion and inspiration, a historian's curiosity, and the meticulous nature of an engineer - in short, he's
a force of nature.
focus and energy have brought the Granite Falls community
together to create one of the finest small town historical museums in the country.
We will conclude - for now - with another Granite Falls feature that appeared in Pacific last year, and for which Fred Cruger
took the "repeat" besides providing the historical subject, again out of the Granite Falls Historical Museum
's store of local heritage.
The stately Granite Falls Railroad Station was built for both the Everett & Monte Cristo Railway Line, and a political payoff. (Courtesy, Granite Falls Historical Society.) From the prospect of the unnamed historical photographer, the site of the now long gone Granite Falls station has been returned to nature. (Now photo by Fred Cruger)
Fred Cruger, the current vice-president of the Granite Falls Historical Society, dates this real photo postcard 1909.
adds, "there was quite a political battle going on between Snohomish (the County Seat) and Everett (increasingly the County economic center), about where the County seat should actually be.
, also an antique car collector, has often helped us in this column with the naming and dating of old motorcars.
Now we wish to make note that he
and the Granite Falls Historical Society
have created "then and now" cyber tours for both their community and the Mountain Loop tour.