R. “Chic” Hottenbeck
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N 46° 58.925 W 120° 25.048
10T E 696399 N 5206410
Quick Description: This history sign and memorial is located near the Kittitas Depot in Kittitas, Washington.
Location: Washington, United States
Date Posted: 2/7/2010 5:34:20 PM
Waymark Code: WM86KR
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member Ambrosia
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Text of the Sign:
R. “Chic” Hollenbeck
One Man’s Legacy: The trail he loved and helped build

Chic’s Vision
An avid horseman, R. “Chic” Hollenbeck envisioned a trail system that would allow people to ride their horses, walk, bicycle, or drive a team across the state.
Born in 1918, Chic was a long-time Washington resident and entrepreneur. He owned several service stations and ran a detective agency. Through all of his life, he maintained a passion for the outdoors, people and horses. He loved nothing better than to be at the head of a line of horses and wagons, carrying an American flag, and shouting “Wagons Ho!”
When the railroad went bankrupt, Chic pushed for Washington State to buy the railroad’s right of way. He spent hours lobbying the Legislature to acquire the land and name the trail the John Wayne Pioneer Trail after actor John Wayne whom he admired. WIthout Chic’s vision, dedication, and leadership, the John Wayne Pioneer Trail might not exist.

History of a Railroad
The Milwaukee Road, the popular name for the Chicago, Milwaukee, St. Paul, and Pacific Railroad, was founded in 1847 to serve the area from Mississippi to Wisconsin. WIthin 50 years, it became one of the most prosperous railroads in the country.
In 1905, Milwaukee Road officials began expanding west, running lines from Chicago to Seattle. At the same time, they decided to electrify the lines through the western mountains, to increase operating efficiency.
Despite the increased efficiency, the financial stability of the railroad began to crumble, prompted by the high cost of the western expansion, electrical expenses, and competition with other railroads and ships using the newly-opened Panama Canal. In 1980, the last Milwaukee train traveled over the Cascades and thereafter the system served only the Midwest.

From Railroad to Trail
The Milwaukee Road once served as a vital link, providing economic and social connections between small, scattered communities in Washington. Today, it is once more a link between these many communities, though rather than riding the rails, people now hike, bike, or ride hourses along this route.
Stretching more than 250 miles from Cedar Falls near North Bend to Tekoa at the Idaho border, the John Wayne Pioneer Trail passes through tunnels, over mountains, along rivers and lakes, and through dry, sagebrush countryside.
The western 113 miles of the corridor, from Cedar Falls to the Columbia River, are managed by the Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission as Iron Horse State Park. The state Department of Natural Resources manages the remaining 142 miles of the corridor running east of the Columbia River to Idaho.

Kittitas Depot
Constructed as part of the westward expansion of the Chicago, Milwaukee, St. Paul, and Pacific Railroad, the Kittitas Yard and Depot became the center of the community of Kittitas; one of the many small, agricultural towns that sprang up along the railroad lines. The railroad linked Kittitas to other small communities and the rest of the country, providing farmers and business people a way to sell their products in other towns and cities.
A post office, general merchandise and drug store, a Baptist Church, agricultural warehouses, and other small businesses were built around the small depot. Along with the depot, the Kittitas Yard included storage and maintenance buildings, a water tower, and other structures necessary for the maintenance of a major transcontinental railroad.
The depot is the only significant structure still intact at the Kittitas Yard. It is an excellent example of turn-of-the-century railroad architecture, and as such was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1992. The depot is owned and managed by the Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission.

Marker Name: R. “Chic” Hollenbeck

Marker Type: Roadside

Town name: Kittitas

Placer: City of Kittitas

Date marker was placed: Not listed

Related website: Not listed

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