Merry Christmas everyone! I hope you’ve all had a wonderful holiday, and have maybe even seen some snow.
My Christmas card to you is this festive 1960s or 1970s postcard of Leavenworth, Washington at Christmastime:
Leavenworth, first settled in the 1880s, started out as a trading post. By the time the railroad came through, it expanded into a logging town. Its original name was Icicle Flats, and its sawmill was one of the largest in the country.
When the railroad changed its route in the 1920s to one less affected by extreme winter weather, Icicle Flats languished and weathered away to near-extinction until the 1960s, when town leaders made a plan to save the city. The plan was to transform Icicle Flats into a Bavarian town, making tourism the city’s primary industry.
By the mid to late 1960s, the Christmas Lighting and Autumn Leaf festivals were celebrated in Leavenworth. Maifest and Oktoberfest were added in 1971 and 1998 respectively.