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OUR CORNER: Know the Plateau with this easy test

The recent Fourth of July holiday saw – along with the fireworks, parades and picnics – another group sworn in as U.S. citizens.

To qualify for this honor each had to, among other things, pass a test. From a field of 100 questions, candidates for citizenship were asked 10 and had to answer six correctly. Some questions were quite simple, like identifying the ocean bordering the east coast of the United States. Others were more difficult; for example, defining the “rule of law.” It’s easy to overthink that one, but it means, simply, that no one is above the law.

While welcoming our newest citizens, we cannot help but wonder what a citizenship test would look like if it were required of all Plateau residents. Pass the exam or be required to pack up and move to Kittitas County. Those with a true sense of the local scene can answer the following and newcomers can begin their homework:

When was a shuttle bus required to transport crowds from distant parking lots into a jam-packed King County Fair?

Which is correct, Mount Peak, Pinnacle Peak or Mount Pete?

When could motorists travel from Enumclaw to Sumner without encountering at least a half-dozen traffic lights?

When did football games between Enumclaw and White River truly stir some emotion in the communities divided only by a river?

For bonus points, when did the two towns come together and operate a joint high school? And how long did that failed experiment last?

When did the distinct odor of pickle brine last waft through town?

And, finally, how will Enumclaw increase its vitality to meet the growing demands of citizens in the coming years? (There’s no penalty for getting this one wrong; we’re not sure anyone has a definitive answer).

 

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