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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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Jenkins Prairie

January 2nd, 2012 at Mon, 2nd, 2012 at 11:07 am by Rick Bergum

“The area presently known as Covington was originally known as Jenkins Prairie. In the 1880s, the Northern Pacific Railroad commissioned a surveyor by the name of Covington to develop a railroad line between Auburn and Kanaskat. A stop along the route was named for him and eventually the area surrounding the depot would be called Covington,” so states Wikipedia.  In 1997 Covington was incorporated.  And here we are in 2012 as Covington continues to grow.

Back in the 1960′s, Covington was not like today.  If you’ve read my previous posts, you’ll know what I mean.  Growth has continued in the area and changes are constant.  As I sit here at the beginning of 2012, it makes me think back to a time when Covington was a small, wooded area with sparsely popluated homes and businesses spread throughout the surrounding areas.  Today it is a regular city with traffic jams included.  I wonder how much growth with take place in the next few years.  We will wait and see.  Welcome to 2012 in “Jenkins Prairie”!

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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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