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Battle Ground

This 80 mile side trip leads out through Brush Prairie, the Chelatchie Prairie, to the east end of Lake Merwin.

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A brisk little trading center, with a grain elevator and one of the largest cheese factories in the State. About 1888 August H. Richter built a store here and founded the town. The surrounding plains were used by the Hudson’s Bay Company and, later, by the United States Army for pasture lands. Battle Ground is a small town with nearby lakes, streams and forest service areas offering many recreational opportunities....

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Jacob and Sophia Lahti Farms

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Dennis Lagler Dairy Farm

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Jacob Schwartz Barn

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Poeland Farm

Mile: 8

This is the last remnant of “Lewisville”, a pioneer settlement once located on the south bank of the east fork of the Lewis River. The 600-acre farm includes a house built in 1885 and expanded in 1911, and a barn built about 1900. In addition to being a successful farmer, Albert was known as a self-taught music teacher in the community, who gave lessons and produced student concerts.

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Mile: 10

Thirteen buildings were constructed in this 154-acre park by the Works Progress Administration (WPA) in 1936. It is the most significant WPA-era collection in the county. The shelters and buildings were designed in the rustic aesthetic park style developed for the Pacific Northwest by the National Park Service and the National Forest Service. All materials (logs and stone) for the buildings were taken from the site.

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Mile: 10

The Gothic-style church was built in 1910 by the Rev. Dora Young, a roving minister who preached throughout Oregon and Southwest Washington. It became the Evangelical United Brethren Church in 1946, but then closed shortly thereafter. A 1966 renovation effort replicated and replaced the lost steeple and stained glass windows. It became a Washington State Centennial project and after twelve years of fundraising, opened as a museum in 2000.

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Mile: 20