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Piece of Olympic history

With the 2018 Winter Olympics in full swing, longtime local Leah West reminisces about a piece of Olympic history on her blog Leah’s Front Porch. The flagpole in the Graeagle Park has a story that goes back to the 1960 Winter Olympics. West garnered the pole’s history from Harvey West Jr. in March 2008, who said, “I was in my office when Don Mason, the Park Ranger at Plumas Eureka State Park, came in and said that they were selling the flag poles that were bordering the oval ice rink at Squaw Valley during the 1960 Olympics. I spoke with my dad (Harvey West Sr.) in Placerville, and we agreed to purchase three flag poles at $600 each. They are 54 ft. high and come apart in three sections.” Those flagpoles are standing today, with one in the city of Santa Cruz in Harvey West Park, one at the athletic field at El Dorado High School in Placerville, and one in the park in downtown Graeagle, proudly raising the flag, with Leah West posing for perspective. Photos by Leah West
An up-close view of the plaque on the 1960 Squaw Valley Olympics flag pole located in Graeagle Park.

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