Kelly Raynolds, 2014 (SBOH#002)
Kelly Raynolds is another member of the oldest cohort of current Salmon Beach residents. Kelly is a lawyer, and that trade brought his involvement in many of the deals and wranglings that secured the Salmon Beach property for residents decades ago. In this interview, he describes what he knows about Salmon Beach’s earliest history, the Foss family’s involvement, and the complex sale of the property from the Wiborg family. This includes an insightful discussion of the difficulties overcome in figuring out how to manage property as a community, as well as a description of why the north half of the community broke away to form its own corporation. He revisits other legal brambles and touches on some of the historic difficulties between Salmon Beach and the City of Tacoma. He briefly mentions his Peace Corps service, and talks about the changing cast of residents he’s witnessed over the years. He talks about artists, hippies, the 70s more broadly, and how many of the homes on the beach were built with material scavenged from Puget Sound. Near the conclusion of the interview, he tells the story of George Jay and the piano, and describes the steady gentrification of the Salmon Beach community.
Name: Kelly Raynolds
Current Cabin: 99
Date of Interview: October, 2014
Interviewer: Carolynn Hammen (Puget Sound)
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SBOH#003: Kelly Raynolds 2014 Transcription