• Kristin J. Russo

Weird But True

Updated: Feb 14, 2019

Residents of Tenino, Washington, printed and used wooden money in February, 1932. When the Citizens Bank of Tenino closed on December 5, 1931, the town was unable to access cash to conduct business. The Tenino Chamber of Commerce and the State Supervisor of Banking devised a plan to use wood as currency. Denominations of 25 cents, 50 cents, and $1, $5, and $25 were printed on sitka spruce wood, red cedar, and Port Oxford cedar using a lithograph.

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