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In the 1960’s, with the planned opening of the Highway 20 through the North Cascades, local visionaries looked to enhance the economics of Winthrop Washington, in anticipation of much greater numbers of travelers who could now reach Winthrop. The greatest visionaries in this group were Kathryn and Otto Wagner who owned the Wagner Lumber Mill. Wanting to give back to the community that gave them so much they pitched a proposal to convert all the business buildings in Winthrop back to their historic 1900 roots. Each business in Winthrop provided a small amount of money for the conversion with the Wagner’s footing the majority of all the funds.
With Otto’s passing, Kathryn led the charge to convert Winthrop’s main street and commercial districts into a vision of the Old West. This conversion initiated one of the greatest charitable acts in Winthrop’s history. It is estimated the Wagner’s spent over $1 million (1970) dollars on the conversion which turned Winthrop into a unique, thriving, tourist town enjoyed by millions.