Posted by: wadahp | August 24, 2010


The summer bulletin of the Yakima Valley Trolleys (the organization dedicated to preserving the National Register of Historic Places listed Yakima Valley Transportation Co. system) reports major progress in work to repair the historic carbarn. Using grant funding obtained by the City of Yakima, Yakima Valley Trolleys (YVT) has repaired and reinforced the stone walls to bring the 100 year old building back from the brink of collapse. The YVT also plans to replace lost electrical wiring so that the trolleys can resume streetcar rides between Yakima to downtown Selah. While progress has been made with grant funding, much remains to be done to fully rehab the carbarn and power plant. For more information, visit the YVT website at

In other news, watch for a new book about the YVTC this September. Written by Ken Johnsen with help from Rich Wilkens and Hilding Larson. The new book will have much new material about the YVTC and photographs not seen since Johnsen’s 1979 publication of Apple Country Interurban.

On a sadder note, DAHP staff extends our sympathy to Ken Johnsen and his family for the recent loss of Laurie Johnsen, his wife of 38 years. Ken has been leading YVTC preservation efforts for decades and Laurie was vey much a part of his advocacy and preservation work. She lost her battle with breast cancer on August 12.


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