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REPORTER GIVES MONROE RAVE REVIEW & HIGH MARKS
September 24, 2008



(MONROE, WA) -- It may be time for the powers that be at Monroe city hall to put Seattle P.I. reporter Aubrey Cohen on the payroll as the city’s best tourism booster.

In a glowing article in today’s Seattle Post Intelligencer on line edition called “Step back into Monroe’s past or get wrapped up in the Serpentarium’s reptiles”, Cohen waxes quite eloquently (and at some length) about what a fine day trip a drive to Monroe doth make.

Cohen tells the story of a trek to the home of Burmese pythons (at the Serpentarium) and of the delights to be found at the Monroe Historical Society Museum during a full day’s outing with her 4-year old daughter.

Along with the home of the world’s most dangerous snakes at the serpent's lair on Highway 2, the Monroe Historical Society Museum gets a solid passing grade as an interesting and fun way to spend a free day as does local historian Bill Wojciechowski who filled the Cohen’s in on Monroe’s colorful Northwest history, including the tale of Henry McClurg and his Native American wife Martha who settled near the confluence of the Skykomish, Snoqualmie and Snohomish rivers in 1860 and four years later established the town of Park Place just a mile west of Monroe's current downtown.

“McClurg chose Monroe as the name for the Park Place post office in 1889 because the U.S. Postal Department would not allow offices with double names. Two years later, the Great Northern Railway decided to run its line one mile east of Park Place, so John Vanasdlen moved his store, with the post office, over to the rail line, and the new town became Monroe”, writes Cohen.

The comfy and quaint Hitching Post Café in Main Street also gets a nice nod (the café is the former home of Monroe National Bank, which was the town's second bank Cohen discovered) and all in all the city of Monroe gets a decent high five in print as a friendly, interesting place to take the family and do a walkabout.

Kudos to Ms. Cohen for discovering a few of the gems of our Sky Valley and telling the world about it. You can read her full story here: http://seattlepi.nwsource.com/getaways/380199_shorttrips25.html?source=rss





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