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PostSat Oct 19, 2019 12:35 pm 
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Old-time Monroe was a condensed-milk powerhouse


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About 1919, the two metal stacks were replaced with a single 150-foot-tall concrete stack.

A decade later, the factory closed.

In early 1942, another group bought the dormant plant to process flax, declared a strategic material for the war effort.

At 1 a.m. on March 23, 1944, just three weeks after starting operations, spontaneous combustion is suspected of igniting 600 tons of flax stored in the building. By dawn, the site was a smoldering heap. All that remained was the concrete stack.

and back in the 1970's it was climbed by a few member of Everett Mountain Rescue and became their rendezvous point for rescues up Highway 2
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PostTue Oct 22, 2019 1:14 pm 
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appreciate the info.

it's still a common meetup spot for peakbaggers.

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PostThu Oct 24, 2019 7:36 am 
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Cool, Randy. It's a popular meet spot for hiking, and I always have wondered about what it was originally.

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