This photo of the Alpine "Victory Hall" was taken in 1918, probably taken just before the annual Thanksgiving Banquet in December; that is a guess based on the appearance of snow on the tracks and the trees, bushes, roof, and steps. This photo was the on the cover of the menu/annual report that was given to all the attendees of the Thanksgiving Banquet. The hall was built to house the Alpine Council of Patriotic Services because it was decided that the schoolhouse wasn't big enough for the job. The Alpine Council was set up in the spring of 1918 to support the war effort in World War I. Plans for the hall were approved on May 1, 1918, and it was completed on June 22, 1918. 101 Materials were supplied by Carl Clemans and all the labor was volunteered by Alpine residents. The hall was built close to the railroad so that troop trains could stop and let the passengers out while waiting on the passing track. The lower level housed Red Cross offices, a kitchen, and a pool/reading room. The 2nd floor was open to be used for dances and entertainment. Alpine was recognized for its war efforts; Alpine greatly exceeded every quota for war bonds, and reputedly sold more bonds per capita than any other town. In later years there was a bar in the lower level of the hall, and plays were performed on the 2nd level, as well as dances on Saturday nights. 102 We located the site of the "Victory Hall", also called the "Liberty Hall" on the 1922 railroad map of Alpine, and just called the "Hall" by Alpine residents, on May 14, 2009. At this site we did not find a concrete foundation. The foundation appears to have been large stones, perhaps because of shortages of concrete during World War I. Photo courtesy of Skykomish Historical Society. Photo digitally enhanced by Glenn Forrest.