"How many horses under the hood?" may not have been the exact words uttered when looking at a late model C-Spring Victoria, but "How many horses do you own?" may have.
The Northwest Carriage Museum in Raymond offers visitors the chance to journey back to a time when if you didn't have a coach, you were probably walking.
Many of the carriages were in poor condition when purchased and very deteriorated.
However, they were restored by an Oregon craftsman.
The coaches were donated to the city of Raymond in 1999. The city and the Northwest Carriage Museum created a partnership to develop a museum plan and raise funds. The museum building was funded by grants and is owned by the city of Raymond.
Once inside the stylishly designed building you will find a wealth of information regarding transportation in the 19th and early 20th centuries. The display floor is divided into four categories of carriages - luxury, economical, leisure and work, though the majority are luxury models.
One of the highlights among the luxury coaches is the Shelbourne Landau, a carriage for the wealthy of its day. This particular one has a history in show business, however, being used in the motion pictures "Gone with the Wind" and "Jezebel."
The museum is open Wednesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Sundays noon to 4 p.m., April through September only. Admission is $3 for adults, $1 for ages 6 to 14, and 5 and under are free. Schools and groups are welcome to contact the museum for tours. For more information call 360-942-4150. The museum is located at 314 Alder St., just off Highway 101.