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Sundowners Charter 35 Years Ago

Lyle News for June 26

By the

Lyle Newscasters

Mildred Lykens, 365-0060

mildred@gorge.net

Barbara Sexton, 365-5374

madison@gorge.net

Sundowners' news: Last week we accidentally left out the good news that the Sundowners received a certificate from the National Good Sam for 35 years as a chartered club. Sorry guys. This week the news is: The Sundowners had a campout at Toll Bridge County Park off Highway 35 the second weekend in June with seven families in attendance. The July campout will see them at Timberlake Park in Home Valley and then back at Toll Bridge in August.

Approximately 200 family and friends gathered Sunday June 22 at the Lyle Lions Club to celebrate the life of Dolores Bryan. The Bryan family thanked everyone present and for the memories that were shared at the gathering. Dolores would have really enjoyed the afternoon. Perhaps she did?

The Twin Bridges Museum will be open the month of July on Thursday evenings from 6 to 8 p.m. Come and explore the history of your community.

The Song of the Rivers (a history of Lyle by Elizabeth McDowell) "III THE FIRST LYLE: In 1905, it was determined to construct a railroad line between Lyle and Goldendale, along the banks of the Klickitat River. According to Frank Bradford, the settlers built that railroad by themselves, practically 'by hand,' building up the roadbed, laying the ties and rails in place. At the Lyle end, the tracks terminated the riverboat dock where transfers from train to boat were effected. Part of the old roadbed is still in evidence there. In 1908, the main line from Portland was built thru Lyle north of the old town."

"Around 1910, two combined sheep sheds were built on the south side of the railroad tracks and operated by a man named Hopkins, who came from Yakima. About 1915, Art Bohosky purchased Hopkins interest. They had a capacity for 30,000 sheep, which were winter-fed sheared of their wool in the spring and shipped by rail to various markets. Lyle became, for the next decade, an important point in the sheep and wool industry of the northwest. Later, during the winter of 1921-22, a heavy snow fell and one of the sheep sheds collapsed. The industry could not survive the loss, and dwindled away and in 1968, the remaining sheep shed was burned as a public service."

One nice thing about egotists, they don't talk about other people.

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