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Yacolt is situated in a small prairie cupped by the foothills of the Cascades. The name derives from a Native American word meaning “haunted place” and recalls the mysterious disappearance of five Native American children who were gathering huckleberries on the prairie in the early 1800s. It also is immortalized in the Yacolt Burn, a series of forest fires in September 1902 that devastated 238,000 acres in this region and claimed 38 lives. The disaster encouraged the development of coordinated firefighting efforts, including a fire lookout system.
Pomeroy Farm, 7 miles east of SR 503 via Rock Creek Road and 152nd Avenue to 20902 N.E. Lucia Falls Rd., depicts what rural life was like in the region during the 1920s. The farm is open to the public on selected special event weekends; for schedule information phone (360) 686-3537. The Chelatchie Prairie Railroad offers excursion train trips departing from the Yacolt Depot on selected weekends from May through December; phone (360) 686-3559.
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