RAYMOND — The Northwest Carriage Museum recently marked the arrival of its 51st horse-drawn vehicle, a road grader dating from the 1890s.
Manufactured by the Western Wheeled Scraper Co. in Aurora, Illinois, scrapers like this were used for building and maintaining roads as well as for helping to build railroad routes across the country.
This latest acquisition was picked up in California in January and restored by museum curator Jerry Bowman. It now is fully functional and could be used today to grade roads.
The scraper is now on display at the museum along with many other historic vehicles and artifacts from the 19th century. The museum is open daily, year around from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and has become north Pacific County’s largest tourist destination. More information is available at www.nwcarriagemuseum.org or at 360-942-4150. It is located at 314 Alder St. Raymond.