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The Cascades tilted, and population slid to the west side | History Files


Last updated 11/21/2019 at 10:15am

I think we all realize that western Washington isn’t like what it used to be. The forests we have are different from the forests that were once here. To see an old-growth tree, you must go to Olympic National Park, and even there you won’t find many.

But the changes in western Washington are more than that. Population is concentrated close to salt water. One hundred years ago it wasn’t that way.

True, the population had started near the water because that is where transportation was accessible. But the search for wealth drew people inland in search of trees, fish, and ore.

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