Matlock is an unincorporated community in Mason County, Washington, United States. Matlock is the primary population center for the western part of Mason County, a sporadically populated logging area. The most notable sites are the church, food bank, general store, post office, local grange hall, and the Mary M. Knight school, grades kindergarten through senior high school. Matlock features nearby lakes and recreational opportunities, including fishing, hiking, hunting, and horseback riding. The nearest lake is the sparkling Lake Nahwatzel. Every year in first full weekend in May, Matlock hosts the Old Timer's Fair at Mary M. Knight School campus. Here you can find food, crafts, tractors, and fun for the whole family. Matlock is located northwest of Olympia, about a 20 minute drive from the county seat, Shelton.
^^^^ Ocean. The party left Lilliwaup in June 1890, west to the North Fork Skokomish river and Lake Cushman. From there a number of smaller parties explored in various directions, including one group that made the first recorded ascent ofMount Olympus. The main contingent of the expedition reached Hoquiam in October 1890. O'Neil did not find the practical route he had hoped for, but advocated for the creation of a national park.
When O'Neil's exploring expedition first arrived at Lilliwaup in early 1890 they found the town almost non-existent. A member of the party described Lilliwaup as "a town with one house". But in September of the same year, when O'Neil again traveled to Lake Cushman via Lilliwaup more than 30 families had moved in. Soon after there was a store and two hotels. However, the townsite company went bankrupt a short time later and most of the people moved away. By the 1920s tourism was bringing new life to the region.
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