This story from 1925 is very relevant today. The Tri-Cities still has visitors, travelers passing through on some sort of mission or adventure, usually on foot, sometimes by boat, wagon or bicycle. This newspaper didn't charm the visitor with the headline.
Another nut pays a visit
Cross country hiker stops to leave a literary gem
The Kennewick Courier-Reporter
Published on February 12, 1925
Whew! From flood to drought," exclaimed hiker Charles L. Greenleaf, longest United States walker, from Los Angeles, New York, Florida, Chicago, Seattle headed now for Portland, Maine. "I have been through extremes all the way from forty below, to one-hundred and fifty above, but the change in climate from dampness to dryness was even still greater in noticeability, between here and across the river."
Greenleaf, who is an author and movie actor by profession, and advertising make-up writer by trade, and a Jack of all Trades by habit, claims to have found to a degree, the desired control in publicity, whatever that is. He has demonstrated this in various places, the record of his work being the decimation of a firm's business in their dullest season over their busiest.
"Personally the town of Kennewick has been a most hiker-gratifying town. The Hotel Kennewick furnished me a room gratis, two restaurants did likewise in the meal line, then too, one of the shoemakers, whose name I do not know, sewed up my knapsack free of charge. Another still fixed up my pocket light, for which none would take work in exchange. Naturally, I like this town. It is things like these that indicate the awakening of New World Thought. Some day, I hope, that each will be to each other as theses were to me -- then what a happy place this world will be to live in."
Greenleaf, who has been on the hike ever since March first, 1922, is a student of human nature, looking out for Heart Nuggets," of which he found many right here in Kennewick, has written a book "A Hiker," to be published, he thinks, by July in which everything from adventure and love to New World ideals, funny and dramatic situations is contained. "I have not room here to tell you the things that are going to make people sit up and think. Sufficient to say that I wrote the whole thing twice, some parts such as "the haunted house" chapter five times, to get it to my satisfaction," says Greenleaf.
The hardened hiker will start upon his long trek tomorrow headed for Spokane, from where he will continue his jaunt east as soon as the weather warms up a trifle.