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Monroe steamstack design selected
MONROE — A mountain motif of trees with the town name up top will adorn the former Carnation condensery steamstack visible from U.S. 2
The tree design won a public opinion poll by a landslide against options including cow spots and a Warholian can of Carnation condensed milk.
The other three options were criticized in social media.
The tree design won more than 1,000 votes of the 1,752 votes cast, the Monroe chamber said.
Work to paint the steamstack will start Sept. 15 with a ribbon cutting ceremony sometime thereafter.
Jose Cardona will be painting the stack. Ester McLatchy will be creating a 3D image of the final product, which people can see during the painting process.
The 149-foot tall steamstack has been in Monroe for more than 100 years. It was one of many stacks for the Carnation Dairy milk condensery. The condensery, used to keep milk fresh, became a flaxseed factory in 1928, but the factory burned down in 1944 and was demolished in the 1950s. The stack was what remained.
Property owner Fred Wolfstone’s family has owned the Monroe Shopping Center where the stack exists since the 1960s.
The Monroe Chamber of Commerce is behind the painting effort. For more information about the project, call the chamber at 360-794-5488 or send email to

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