100 Years In The Making



On the outside, it may seem like a blast from the past; a cream colored boxcar rolling through the streets of Yakima and Selah.

But for those on the inside looking out, it's a short trip through a 100-year history.

"Its kind of like seeing how the bus service was a hundred years ago," said Joe Mann, "We all see the bus and the mass transit, but this is how mass transit was years ago, and I would love to see it back again."

Yakima Valley Trolleys is celebrating 100 years to this day since the trolley system was established and made it's first run through the valley.

It's been almost 8 years since the trolley was decommissioned after their copper wiring was stripped by thieves, but that wouldn't stop the organization from renting a generator to make it's centennial run.

As one of the oldest relics in Yakima, museum directors say it's not only important to preserve it to provide a boost to the economy and tourism, but to also keep it's title as one of the oldest intact electrical railroad systems in the country.

There's nothing else like it," said YVT President, Ken Johnsen, "You've got wine country from here to Walla Walla, but nobody has something like the Yakima trolleys. I think this is the big attraction, when people come over the mountains to go to wine country, I think they'll stop here in Yakima before they drive way down there."

Johnsen says the organization will be bringing back the trolley service, but that could take up to a year.

For now, people like Joe Mann are cherishing this moment in time.

"It kind of brings back memories of what our fathers and grandfathers and mothers and grandmothers used to do," said Mann, "It's just a fun time."

The general public will be able to ride the trolley tomorrow and Sunday.

Tickets cost 8 dollars for adults and 6 dollar for children and seniors.

Trolleys will depart from South Third Avenue and Pine Street at 10 a.m., noon and 2 p.m.