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By Garth Meyer
Gazette Reporter 

Tekoa trestle Christmas lights go up with State Parks approval


December 13, 2018

Tekoa Trestle

--Fred Wagner photo

Tekoa's Ivan Mercer gets started on the Christmas lights Tuesday afternoon at the top of the trestle. It is the fifth year for lighting the trestle, which is now sponsored by Friends of the Tekoa Trestle.

Tekoa volunteers Fred Wagner and Ivan Mercer put up the first section of Christmas lights on the Tekoa Trestle Tuesday.

Turned away because of weather after stringing up 200 feet of lights and a wreath, the two men were set to start again Wednesday, weather permitting.

Their work is an effort by Friends of the Tekoa Trestle (FTTT), and permitted by Washington State Parks, which owns the decommissioned trestle.

This is the fifth year of what has become a Tekoa tradition.

"We have full legality, we have a permit," Wagner, secretary for FTTT, said on Monday. "Right now it looks like a go for t...

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