John Larson

John Larson, director of the Polson Museum in Hoquiam wearing a Carhartt hat from Dennis Company in Aberdeen.

ILWACO, Wash. — Join the Columbia Pacific Heritage Museum's annual meeting and hear about the Polson Museum, our neighbors to the north, from 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday, March 2. John Larson is a unique museum director for a unique museum. He will fill us in on recent activities at the Polson Museum in Hoquiam.

In addition to the 6,500-square-foot Polson family mansion, the Polson Museum features a Railroad Camp. In both its building and exhibits, the Railroad Camp is designed to retain the aesthetic, material and functional qualities of a century-old locomotive shed. It measures 80 feet by 40 feet and is ribbed with 12-by-12s milled by Larson himself. The structure houses many artifacts from the Polson's extensive heavy-machinery collection. Recently the Museum has acquired a 1915 Sears Craftsman home. John continues his use of heavy machinery as he and his crew restore the home to its original floor plan and details.

The Heritage Museum is at 115 S.E. Lake St. Museum hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. Admission is free on Thursdays thanks to the Port of Ilwaco. For more information call 360-642-3446 or visit columbiapacificheritagemuseum.org.

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