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Interesting early promotional pictorial map of Southwestern Washington and Northwestern Oregon, prepared by Ed Kendall.

The map is centered on Willapa Bay and illustrates the main highways into the area, with black and white photos promoting various recreational activities.

Along the coast is the 25 mile "World's Auto Speedway" at Long Beach. This would be the Long Beach Speedway, an early tourist attraction in southwestern Washington.  In 1920 car drivers could cross the Columbia on the North Beach Auto Ferry, with a fare of $3 to $4, depending on the size of the car. In 1922 Washington visitors gained better access to tje Long Beach area when a bridge spanning Bear Creek, at the southern end of Willapa Bay, opened. Cars could travel from the interior of the state via a highway over the Willapa Hills through Raymond and South Bend. The Union Pacific, the parent company of the Ilwaco railroad line, published advertisements touting the "World's Speedway".

Includes photos of bathing at Tokeland Beach, streets at Ilwaco, the fish hatchery in Chinook, the huge lumber mill in Raymond, as well as the South Bend waterfront.