This tiny historic town was founded in 1882, and the current population is less than 5,000. Buckley has a very small-town vibe, with their own 50’s style diner and historical museum. The town has a fantastic view of Mt. Rainier, and very distinctive stores and restaurants. There are all kinds of homes available in Buckley, including single family homes, apartments, and farmhouses. The town is located within the White River School District, which has 1 high school, 1 middle school, and 4 elementary schools.
Buckley Annual Log Show
This event has been hosted every year by the city since the 70’s to celebrate the high-spirited community that is Buckley. In addition to the carnival rides and food vendors, the Log Show has many wood-related activities. Talented artists use chainsaws to sculpt stunning works of art from chunks of wood, participants race to climb to the tops of trees using only a piece of rope, and people challenge each other to logrolling.
This 50’s style diner is a local hotspot for classic food including chicken strips, cheeseburgers, fries, old-fashioned malts, and chowder! You can either pull up to one of the many drive-in stations to order food and eat, or you can sit inside the restaurant that is decorated with historic posters, paintings, trinkets, and a jukebox.
Foothills Historical Museum
The town of Buckley has a very interesting history from coal being discovered back in the 1800’s to wars being fought on the land. The Foothills Historical Museum is committed to telling the stories of the diverse groups of people that lived there since the town was founded. There are exhibits of buildings that were used over 100 years ago such as a schoolroom, doctor, barber, general store, and butcher. Handcarts used for coalmining and military uniforms worn by soldiers in Buckley are on display.
Youth Center & Skatepark
The Buckley Youth Center is open for children ages 8-18, and provides a safe, entertaining, and comfortable setting for kids to stay after school and on weekends. There are video and board games to play, volunteers to help with homework, and healthy snacks for the kids. Right next door to the youth center is the Buckley Skatepark, which is a popular spot for teenagers to hang out and socialize.
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