Did you know that Yakima has something that no one else in the country has? The very last intact early American electric interurban railroad. I know it's a mouthful but it's really something special. The Yakima Trolley crew has a stable of trolleys but also has obtained the exact type of trolley that used to run in the earliest of days of Yakima's railway!

They have been very busy working to restore it to like-new condition for the community to enjoy along with the other trolleys and if you were curious, the labor and parts aren't cheap. The good news is they're only $50,000 away from raising the $300,000 they need so if you'd like to help, The Yakima Valley Trolleys are always accepting donations.

Each season, the trolleys take Yakima Valley residents and visitors on tours across the town's railway system, and earlier this month they tested the cars to make sure everything was good to go, why? Because it's time for Halloween rides! I spoke with the President of the Yakima Valley Trolleys and was told they all passed inspection so here are the details to mark your calendar

The Halloween Trolley will run on Saturday, October 30th and Sunday, October 31st from 10 am to 3 pm. The fare will be $5.00 per person.

What makes this experience so unique is the fact that we're currently on the National Registry of Historic Places and also working towards becoming a National Historic Landmark. It's a rare item to add to your bucket list and a fun way to connect with Yakima history.

Questions Answered

1.  Where do we meet? Trolley rides leave from the carbarn at the corner of South Third Avenue and Pine Street.
2.  What kind of payment should I come with? Cash is always good, but they also accept credit cards.
3.  Do I just show up? Yes, it is first-come, first-served.
4.  How long is the ride? The ride takes from 20 to 30 minutes. This is purposely done for this ride, shorter than the longer Selah ride, because there are so many small children, and 20 to 30 minutes works out to be just about right for their attention span.
5.  Can I book an event? Yes, the trolleys can be chartered for birthday parties and special events like weddings, etc., and even just to have a private car party with no one else on board.  The charter rate is $150 an hour and the trolley can hold 32 people.

If you weren't aware summer and Halloween rides aren't the only times to enjoy. Come December the trolleys bring Santa Clause into the mix for a magical moment for the entire family!

You can also follow the Yakima Valley Trolleys Facebook page to keep up to date and learn more cool tidbits about what goes into maintaining and running the trolleys.

Yakima Valley Halloween Trolley

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