A Stately Mansion
Arnold Polson's 6,500 square foot mansion, presented as a wedding gift by his bachelor uncle Robert, stood originally by his father Alex Polson's more stately (but now destroyed) mansion, the site of our Rose Garden.
The building, erected in 1924, was designed with twenty-six rooms, with six bathrooms and four fireplaces. The Polsons lived in the mansion to 1965 when they left their Hoquiam home for Seattle. Widowed in 1968, Mrs. Polson donated the property to the city in 1976. It has been the Polson Museum ever since.
The beautifully-restored building you see represents four decades of private donations and volunteer labor. Single-length, forty-foot floor boards remain visible to the side of our carpets. Each room features a 1942 photograph of the Polson family's original decorations and possessions. Throughout are rich signs of family and community pride on Grays Harbor.
A Railroad Camp
In both its building and exhibits, the Polson Museum's Railroad Camp is steadily progressing.
Designed to retain the aesthetic, material, and functional qualities of a century-old locomotive shed north of town, Railroad Camp sits in the northeast corner of our property and measures 80 feet by 40. Ribbed with 12x12s milled by our director John Larson, the $750,000 structure will someday house many artifacts from the Polson's extensive heavy-machinery collection.
Already sitting atop our Speed Track on the mezzanine is an impressive 25-foot, 550-year-old Douglas fir. Someday on a flatcar planned for us will sit our 33-ton Tacoma steam donkey. You can see it out front now. All will be explained through enlargements from our huge photo collection. Though no one works at Railroad Camp now, you can get a glimpse still of what historic logging work once was like.
For more complete information, read Our Railroad Camp Story.