"Another trail which was never completed ran from New Whatcome (Bellingham) to British Columbia. This was laid out to enable miners headed for the Fraser River gold fields to bypass Victoria. However, before it could be improved, water transportation from Victoria had become so cheap and easy that the trail was never used to any great extent.
In concluding our reference to these first trails, let us note that they are now important links in our greah highway system.
The route of the Oregon Trail in Wasington is now occupied (in the greater part) by the Pacific Highway.
The Snoqualmie Pass Trail is now the great road which joins the Eastern and the Western parts of our state.
The New Whatcome trail is now a portion of the Mt. Baker highway and an important one of our roads to the Canadian border.
No first trail has greater interest locally than that branch of the Oregon Trail leading from Mound Prairie, near Centraila, to Ford's Prairie on the Chehalis River. It was over this trail, and another from Tumwater to near the same point, that the first settlers found their way to Grays Harbor. They came by trail to Ford's prairie, then down the Chehalis River by canoe to their several locations along the river at Elms, Satsop, Montesano, Cosmopolis, Aberdeen, Hoquiam, and Westport.
From Ford's Prairie this trail was later extended to Montesano and then down the south side of the river through where Cosmopolis is, to John's River, Hay City and Westport. There were no early trails below Montesano on the north side of the Chehalis River. All early travel to this region was by boat.
Because school advantages were first given on the Hoquiam River, a trail was cut from the Wishkah River at Aberdeen, over the hill to the schoolhouse in Hoquiam which stood opposite to the E.K. Wood mill. The Aberdeen-Hoquiam trail ran along the foot of the hill just above high tide mark, except perhaps for a short distance in the vicinity of Electric Park. The terminals of the trail were the Samuel Benn house in Aberdeen and Campbell house in Hoquaim. From Hoquiam a trail led westward along the beach to James Rock.
Most of the trails in our part of the state were on the water - where no mark is left to note the way of man's going. The wake of the canoe or boat is gone like the swish of the paddle or the chuck-luck of oars. The head of tideeater then became the starting point of trails to northern Grays Harbor."