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Jefferson-Crook's Bend

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The rich volcanic soil and clean, fresh water along the Nisqually River is well-suited to farmland, but the remoteness of the area and the small local population has made large scale farming unprofitable until recently. A group of local business and civic leaders from the towns along the river, armed with some investment capital from San Francisco formed a railroad company and built a spur off of the main Northern Pacific line along the river. As a result, the towns and farmland have expanded dramatically. The first of these is the town of Jefferson:

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The high school services the local farm children in the area, along with the town kids:

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There is not a lot of civic infrastructure in Jefferson, but the people here like it that way. A water tower, a sherrif's station and a town hall are about it:

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Industries clustered along the railroad:

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Most of the housing stock in town are these "kit" houses. Mass-produced plans and materials are shipped to the property, and assembled on site. Hugely popular throughout the US in the mid 20th century:

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This bend, near the mouth of the river is known as Crook's Bend, due to its popularity with smugglers during prohibition. With a rail, road and water intersection, the area is perfect for an industrial district. The residential area below is half of an unincorporated development between the White and Nisqually River. While it is not part of any city or town, it is aligned to the New Market grid:

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Road and rail bridges crossing the river - a similar pair crosses the White River, connecting this area to New Market:

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Any growing area needs a cement plant nearby. Ideally, they are located near water to facilitate shipping gravel by barge:

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There are quite a few attractive brick factories in the area, although they have recently gone out of style due to earthquake concerns:

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That's all for this time. Next update, will visit the town of Nisqually.

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