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Signs help restore piece of city's past

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FALL CITY - When Jack Kelley takes a walk through the historical neighborhoods of Fall City, he knows the story behind a lot of streets and homes.

He wrote a book earlier this year titled "A Walking Tour of Historic Downtown Fall City," and it is filled with the anecdotes and stories that make up the history of the town.

But the names of those streets, like many streets throughout King County, were eventually changed to numbers by the county and the history behind them has started to fade.

As a historian, Kelley said he believes the names of the streets are as important as the history behind them and recently persuaded King County to install signs throughout the town that display the historic names of the streets.

"It will make this a better place for future generations," he said. "It gives people an idea of whose shoulders they're standing on."

Kelly came up with the idea after seeing the city of Carnation put up historical street signs in its town and thought Fall City should do the same. He contacted Councilwoman Kathy Lambert about the idea, who gave Kelley the name of Julie Koler, a historic preservation officer with King County.

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