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Memories of the Covington area and changes that have occurred as recalled by a native of the area for over forty years.

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From a Bustling Lumber Mill to the Toilet in Just 100 Years

August 23rd, 2013 at Fri, 23rd, 2013 at 11:18 pm by Rick Bergum

Over 100 years ago, the area northeast of 272nd St. (Kent-Kangley) and 156th Pl SE was part of a thriving lumber mill in Covington. It could have been the “earliest and largest commercial enterprise in Covington” according to Covington Reporter Columnist Craig Holmes in his article entitled The Story of the Calhoun Pit in Covington which appeared in the Covington Reporter edition of December 8, 2009. Now, in the year 2013, that area has been sold to the Soos Creek Water and Sewer District.  They will soon be transforming the land into a sewage lift station with several sewer mains which will be a boon to the vision that has been in place for years to make Covington’s Main Street a quaint, slower-paced thoroughfare loaded with businesses, on-street parking, plazas, public areas for events and other unique architectural endeavors.

As the years roll by, the transformation of Covington from a wilderness loaded with trees and a  Covington sawmill that was a beehive of activity to a city that reaches out to the community as a place to relax and stroll with family and friends will soon take shape.  It really is amazing to think how much a city changes in just a century of time.  That’s really not very long when the stream of time is viewed as a whole.  It will be fascinating to watch the changes over the next decade and see where it all goes and how the little city of Covington makes its mark on the world scene.


I've lived in Covington for over 50 years. I've seen a lot of changes in Covington during that time and hope to share a few of these periodically. I enjoy writing and also write a blog for those in the custodial field. (The link is included on this blog page.) You can also find information on Facebook under the name Custodial Soupçon.

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