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Trolley Celebrates 100 Years of Travel

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YAKIMA, Wash.--100 years ago, a trolley made its first trip from Yakima to Selah, and on Friday, that same trolley did it again. 

City officials, board members from the Yakima Valley Trolleys and community members took a ride along the route the trolley traveled in 1913.  But the road to this day did not come easily.

Karl Pasten is a full-time volunteer on the trolley and he said there was a lot of work to be done.  He said there were 20 volunteers working during the year getting the equipment in shape and getting the wire they needed, but it is still not strung all the way out to Selah. 

Parts of the copper wire were stolen in 2005 and last month, construction at Davis High School put a halt to the centennial celebration.

 "So there was a lot of trials and tribulations going in here but we did make it and we are going to start regular service to Selah," Pasten said.

On Friday morning, the group gathered at the Yakima Electric Railway Museum to meet and take pictures before climbing aboard the historic trolley.

President of the Yakima Valley trolleys, Ken Johnsen said today is a celebration of the historic trolley. "We are going to reenact that first run and celebrate at the Selah Inn and we are going to have a picnic at the Selah Inn," Johnsen said.

This trolley is one of a kind in Washington, but cities around the country have similar trolleys which draw tourists to the area, and that is what city officials here in Yakima are hoping this trolley will do.

 "Bottom line is, the trolley is a tremendous tourist draw and whatever we can do to increase scheduling and everything it takes to bring the trolley up to its highest and best use." Pasten said

The city eventually wants to use the trolley as a way for tourists to travel around the city of Yakima.

 "Public opinion is now in our favor to extend the line to the convention center," Pasten said.

The trolley will be making three trips per day to Selah this weekend.

The cost is $8 for adults and $6 for kids.

You can catch a ride on this trolley at the Yakima Electric Railway Museum on 3rd Avenue and West Pine Street.