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Special coins honor the Wilkeson Arch

Special coins to commemorate the re-dedication of the historic Wilkeson Arch are being offered by the Wilkeson Booster Club. Four different coins are available ranging in price from $12 for a bronze coin on a key chain to $700 for a solid gold coin.

The Wilkeson Arch, originally constructed in 1925 by the Wilkeson Booster Club, was damaged in the Feb. 28, 2001, Nisqually earthquake. It was moved south several blocks and rebuilt over state Route 165. The Arch will be re-dedicated on Aug. 21, almost 79 years to the day of the original dedication. A town wide celebration is planned.

The idea for the coins was conceived by Lambert "Skeet" Gonzales, a lifelong resident of the Wilkeson area and Booster Club board member. The front of the coin shows the Wilkeson Arch with businesses, the Wilkeson Eagles Club and Wilkeson Town Hall in the background. In the far background is the historic Wilkeson Elementary School. The reverse side shows Mount Rainier.

A bronze coin with a key chain sells for $12, solid silver coins are $35, silver coins with a gold overlay are $75 and solid gold coins are $700.

To order, contact Gonzales at 253-576-3412. The coins also are on sale at the Eagle Tavern and the Pick 'n' Shovel Restaurant, both in Wilkeson.

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