Centralia sounds like a made up name, but it’s not. And it hasn’t been since the 1850s. It used to be a stagecoach stop exactly between Tacoma and Kalama. The downtown area is full of pristine century-old architecture. McMenamins Olympic Club Hotel opened in 1908, was remodeled in 1913, and hasn’t changed since. We went inside the hotel but not Fox Theater. Fox Theater was built in the 1930s. Gold overlays, leather seats, carvings, and starburst chandeliers are all hidden inside, in their original glory. Besides architecture, Centralia has great restaurants, coffee shops, and a neat three-story antique store (where we bought a used four-wheeled friend).
2 thoughts on “Centralia, Washington”
Okay, on our next RV trip we are just going to print your blog and follow it all. I LOVE this town and that antique toy is my vintage. How totally, totally cool. Wow. What a blast you guys are having. Really excited for you.
Our trip is going even better than planned, finding these neat places between point A and point B.