Mayfield Lake and Mayfield Dam

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Tacoma Power creates recreational opportunities, while bringing us energy –

Did you know that some of our most popular recreation spots were created by dams built by Tacoma Power?

On Highway 12 East, on the way to White Pass, stop and visit Mayfield Lake–one of Tacoma Power’s loveliest contributions to our area.  Mayfield Lake was created by Mayfield Dam.mayfield lake bridge

Mayfield Dam is a sight worth seeing, on its own.

Mayfield Lake is on Beach Road, off of Highway 12.  Go about 17 miles east on Hwy 12 after getting off of I-5 Exit 68. Continue reading Mayfield Lake and Mayfield Dam

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Peaceful Mineral Lake


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Beautiful, Pristine Mineral Lake

Mineral Lake is a wonderfully scenic and peaceful place.

It’s a great place for a relaxing day hike, or just to gaze out over the beautiful lake.  If you want to stay overnight, there are options that range from bed and breakfasts to tent camping.

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From Minerallake.com

Home of the Ten Pound Trout!

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From Minerallake.com

Mineral Lake, “home of the ten pound trout,” is famous for its trout and bass fishing.

It’s stocked annually by the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife.

Click here for more information about Mineral Lake fishing from the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife. Continue reading Peaceful Mineral Lake

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Madeleine LeBeau’s Real Life Casablanca Story


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Madeleing LeBeau died in May.  At ninety-two, she was the last surviving member of the cast of the 1942 film Casablanca.

LeBeau played Rick’s spurned girlfriend, Yvonne.  She was just nineteen years old at the time.

LeBeau will always be remembered for Yvonne’s stirring response to the French national anthem, and her cry of “Vive la France” at the end of the song.   For the time being, Rick had been pushed out of her mind.

What isn’t widely known is that Madeleine LeBeau’s tears in that scene were real.

LeBeau had just lived through a real life escape from the Nazis.  She and her husband, actor Marcel Dalio, had fled Paris just hours before the invasion.  They were both Jews.

Dalio’s face had been used in Nazi posters to identify Jewish-looking features.

Dalio was also in the cast of Casablanca.  He played Emil the croupier in Rick’s illegal casino.  (Colorized version) –

French Jews are frightened again, seventy-five years later.  As are Bulgarians, and much of Europe.

At times like these, we need to reflect on the character Yvonne’s passionate singing of her national anthem.

We need to remember why Madeleine’s tears were real.

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