Metal people of Raymond.

Town of Metal People

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Raymond, Washington

Driving south on these inner coast roads, one sees mile after mile of forests in the cycle of harvest. In case you ever wondered, this is where paper comes from. The Weyerhausser Paper Corporation watermark is evident everywhere. A denuded mountain proudly overlooks the town of Raymond -- or at least that's the part of the tree harvesting cycle we saw when we came by.

Raymond's roadside attractions are not crafted in wood though, but in metal. Along Highway 101, the "Raymond Wildlife Heritage Sculptures Corridor" is a display of dozens of rusty metal cutouts -- a mixture of area wildlife and logging industry scenes. In some places, bear and fox frollick next to loads of logs pulled by teams of oxen or horses. The Corridor was created with the work of local artists starting in 1993. It is eye-catching mostly due to the quantity and density of pieces. For the weirder statues, stop in town.

Feeding the dog ice cream.

The "Town of Metal People" are metal, 3-dimensional figures sprinkled through town. The subject matter seems to result more from the whimsy of the artists than any historical figures from the region's history. One shows a photographer with a camera and telephoto snapping some wildlife. Another depicts a girl feeding an ice cream cone to a large dog/wolf.

There are a few other interesting items around town, including this historic logging and founding of Raymond mural on the back of the local shopping center.

Town of Metal People

US Hwy 101, Raymond, WA
Hwy 101 and Franklin St., also in an adjacent park and downtown.
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