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100 years since PA streets were raised marked this weekend

June 20th, 2014 - 5:19am

PORT ANGELES) This weekend marks the 100th anniversary of the “Sluicing of the Hogback” in Port Angeles, and the city has a number of events planned to celebrate.

The event commemorates the re-engineering of the city's streets along the waterfront that took place in 1914. Local historian, Don Perry says before 1914 most of the downtown set 10-12 feet lower than today. The tides would wash in and out of the area.

Because of all the flooding, it was decided that the street level would be raised and a new sewer system would be installed to replace the out-houses that were in use.

To complete the street and sewer project, the workers resorted to a process known a sluicing, where a water canon was used to move soil.

Activities are planned on Saturday and Sunday starting both days at 10:00 in the morning and running throughout the afternoon. Events include historic walking tours of the remaining underground portion of the city's waterfront, a genealogy event for tracing family history, a barbeque and antique car show.

The city will dedicate a historic marker on Sunday at 1:00 PM, where Maxine Clark, a 101-year old Port Angeles resident, will share her perspective on the city's history.

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