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City of Toledo
The City of Toledo is located on the Cowlitz River and was once a critical junction for early travelers. The city is located approximately three miles east of I-5 at exits 57-63. Toledo was incorporated in 1892 and has a population of about 725.
The Toledo City Council meets on the first and third Mondays of each month at 6 p.m. Council chambers are located at Toledo City Hall, 130 N. Second Street, Toledo, Washington 98591.
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Read Marlea's daily Toledo news blog at TheOtherToledo.com.
The True Legend of Toledo's Bigfoot
By Jake Morgan, staff writer
The Sasquatch commonly known as Bigfoot stepped into the national spotlight 60 years ago in the woods of Northern California, but the legend of the shaggy and reclusive forest creature who leaves behind large footprints began long before that. Bigfoot’s local origins can be traced back to a small group of fun-loving loggers from Toledo, Washington.
The tradition was started by a group of loggers and foresters up at Mount St. Helens as early as the 1930s. He said the young men got a kick out of scaring huckleberry pickers by leaving footprints in the snowmelt and soft, mountain pumice. The group came to call themselves the St. Helens Apes.
Toledo's Rant Mullins sculpted large feet out of alder to scare berry pickers. File photo.
Community volunteers network and mingle during this year's big community meeting March 22 at the Toledo Middle School.
Photo by Jake Morgan / Lewis County Tribune
Volunteers Share Love for Toledo
By Jake Morgan, staff writer
TOLEDO – Volunteers shared new ideas, gave updates on ongoing projects and offered each other encouragement and support at Vision:Toledo’s eighth-annual big community meeting March 22 at the Toledo Middle School.
Projects completed since last year include a popular new mural on the city water tower featuring founder Simon Plamondon, several new public garden areas and a thriving summer market on Thursdays.
State Rep. Ed Orcutt, R-Kalama, joined Toledo School Board Chair Brad Dykstra for a presentation on Toledo's opportunity to get $18 million in federal and state funding to rebuild the high school, provided that the district can pass its next $7 million school bond.
"Toledo can't support the high tax burden to pass a new school bond," Dykstra said about the district's recent failed bond attempts that had a majority of yes votes but lacked the 60 percent supermajority required to pass. The current 42-year-old high school building is in need of critical repairs and the state and federal government is willing to fund the majority of replacement costs if Toledo can pass its next bond.
In addition to the town’s annual Cheese Days celebration in July, upcoming community events include art shows in April and September, a fishing derby and a wine tour in May, a community clean-up day in June, a bluegrass festival and a threshing bee in August and a pow-wow and a fundraiser for the city park in September.
Vision:Toledo organizer and volunteer Mike Morgan said Toledo’s events and clubs make him proud to be part of the Toledo community.
Volunteers shared stories of successful events at the community library, growth with the new garden club and school gardens, an “honorable society” network of artists and crafters, progress on a new trail system and several new mural projects already underway, among other things.
For more Toledo community news and to stay updated or to get involved, follow Vision:Toledo on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/visiontoledo/ or read Marlea Hanson’s daily Toledo news column at http://www.theothertoledo.com/daily-column.
Toledo Gets Cool and Connected
By Jake Morgan, staff writer
TOLEDO — Community volunteers, business owners and city leaders were thrilled with last week’s Cool and Connected urban broadband planning sessions and are optimistic for Toledo’s high-tech future.
The Nov. 10 workshop and community meeting brainstormed ways to better use Toledo’s gigabit Internet, including infrastructure planning, economic development, creating a connected identity and harnessing pedestrian connections via Wi-Fi to encourage existing high-tech businesses and start-ups to locate in the downtown area.
ToledoTel’s broadband coverage area extends for 386 square miles, with fiber connections to every home and business. The area’s unusually high adoption rate for high-speed Internet access is due in part to multiple federal grants that offered free connections and a free trial period.
Toledo was one of five cities in the county selected to receive expert assistance from the federal Cool and Connected Communities Initiative. The team included facilitators from Vita Nuova LLC, the EPA and USDA, as well as representatives from other federal and community agencies.
Photos by Marlea Hanson
Ceremony celebrates Oregon Trail history
By Marlea Hanson, staff writer
TOLEDO — More than a hundred visitors of all ages attended the re-dedication ceremony of the historic Oregon Trail marker in Toledo last September, including at least a dozen people in period costumes.
Speakers included representatives from the Sacajawea Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution, Sons of the American Revolution, the Northwest Oregon California Trails Association, historical memorial preservationist Marion Hersey, Pacific Northwest historian and author Dennis Larsen and Toledo Mayor Steve Dobosh.
Honored guests included state representative Ed Orcutt, Lewis County Commissioners Edna Fund and Gary Stamper, Toledo volunteer organizer Johanna Jones, and Kathryn Templeton Israelson, the great-great granddaughter of Ezra Meeker.
Historic accounts from journals, letters and diaries recounted Meeker’s tireless efforts to generate support for his venture and realization of that dream in 1916. Toledo’s early and recent roles were highlighted for those gathered. A replica of Meeker’s 1905 wagon was brought to Toledo for the occasion.
Fourth grade students from Toledo Elementary School added their names on flat stones to the symbolic rock riverbed garden surrounding the monument and sang the National Anthem, recreating the activities of Toledo schoolchildren involved in the original installation of these fixtures 100 years ago.
Toledo was a major stop on the Oregon Trail in 1844, connecting travelers coming up the Cowlitz River from Portland, with the main overland route to Olympia and Puget Sound.