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Tilley Road south of the Olympia Airport

Until the 1920's the Pacific Highway was a patchwork of old county roads and wagon trails. The roads of the mid to late teens were not always maintained and the weather could make some parts impassable until the summer months. So travelers had to take alternate routes to bypass any obstacles. Tilley road was most likely one of these alternates.

2011 map

1916 map showing Tilley road (blue line) and The Pacific Hwy (red line)

1962 map

Looking North at the abandoned part of the road. Photo was taken through the airport chain link fence.


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