‘Know Your Island Walk’: mix of history, mystery on San Juan's west side

Next up in the
Next up in the 'Know Your Island Walk' series? Stroll back in time to when the mining of lime put San Juan Island on the map.
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So they clearcut all the forests on San Juan Island’s westide to feed the kilns of a lime mining operation that grew into a story of regional success? Or, did they?

Find out the history and the mystery, and a few myths as well, of the lime mining operation that put San Juan Island on the map of commerce in greater Puget Sound, beginning in the late 1800s. Saturday, April 28, is the next in the series “Know Your Island Walk”, sponsored by San Juan Island Trails Committee.

The Land Bank’s Doug McCutchen, land steward, and local historian and author Boyd Pratt will share the lead in a 1.5-mile stroll through Lime Kiln State Park, overlooking Haro Strait. Terrain is “trail-in-the-woods”, 1.5 miles in length and rated easy-to-moderate. Dogs welcome, but must be on a leash.

Beginning at 1 p.m., the guided walk ends at 4 p.m. Meet in the state park parking lot.

The event is free. A state Discover Pass or a $10 daily-parking pass is required to park at the state park. For info, 360-378-5646.



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