The weather outside is frightful! If you'd like something family friendly to do in the warth of indoors, the Hayden Historic Preservation Commission has invited the public to view a new exhibit of old photographs of the city as it used to be.
According to legend, the name Hayden comes from a man named Matt Heyden, a pioneer who won the rights to name the lake, and therefore the city by winning a game of “seven-up” against John Hager and John Hickey in 1878.
Photographs taken as early as 1920 are on view in the lobby of Hayden City Hall at 8930 N. Government Way. Old family pictures, pictures of the original barns, schools, log cabins and homes of the founders of Hayden are on display. Among the photographs can be seen old implements in use during those early days: butter pats, noodle cutters, sugar tongs, dishware, syrup pitchers, a stereoscope, a washboard and a candle snuffer.
Another arrangement contains early writing tools such as turkey feather pens, fountain pens, a mother-of-pearl calling card case and a school child’s writing slate. Tools and small equipment from early 20th century lumber mills of the Northwest are also featured in photos. A mill steam whistle, a hand-crank sharpening wheel, fire hose nozzles, a variety of oil valves and miscellaneous hand tools.
You can come take a walk down memory lane during visiting hours between 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday-Friday.