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In 1872, the railroad from the Columbia reached Hodgden’s farm, and a station was built, and named “Tenino”. It was the beginning of a settlement that later grew into the Town of Tenino. There is much speculation about the origin of the name, with stories that it was named after a railroad locomotive with number 1090, or a survey stake with that designation marked on it. According to the railroad archives, neither of these tales is true. There is considerable evidence that the name preceded the railroad, and is of Indian origin, meaning “a branch in the trail”, or “meeting place”.
As of the census of 2000, there were 1,447 people, 575 households, and 396 families residing in the city.
The Tenino Depot, located in Tenino, Washington, was built by the Northern Pacific Railroad, in 1914, along the mainline from Portland, Oregon to Tacoma. The depot ceased serving passengers in the 1950s, but continued to handle freight into the 1960s. It was, finally, closed in 1965. The depot remained abandoned. In 1975, the Burlington Northern Railroad (the successor of the Northern Pacific) gave the depot to the City of Tenino, instead of demolishing it as a surplus property. The city then moved it alongside an old Northern Pacific branchline, adjacent to the old sandstone quarry.
The city refurbished the depot, and turned it into the Tenino Depot Museum, a museum of local history. Exhibits include a press, used to make the original wood money, logging, and quarry, tools, railroad memorabilia, a 1920s doctor's office, and local antiques, and historic artifacts. The museum is open on weekend afternoons.
The Yelm-Tenino Trail corridor was acquired by Thurston County from the Burlington Northern Railroad in 1993, which historically operated it as a railroad from about 1869, through the late 1980's. The 14.5 mile line runs east-west through the southern portion of Thurston County, and connects the communities of Yelm, Rainier, and Tenino. It traverses forest, and agricultural lands, wetlands, creeks, and other habitat, and runs parallel to State Route 507. The trail begins near Yelm City Hall, passes near Wilkowski Park in Rainier, and ends at Tenino City Park, and features views of the Deschutes River, west of Rainier, and of McIntosh Lake, near Tenino.
Also, located in Tenino, is Wolf Haven International, a non-profit organization that helps protect wolves. Wolf Haven has rescued more than 101 captive-born wolves since 1982.
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