a strange history of Rainbow Beach
Years ago out on Kilgoar Road- the only road that leads to Rainbow Beach- the story about the tragedy and the strange history of Kilgoar Cemetery is woven into the bark of a tree.
That’s the tree where Gaddelin and Watson found the sign announcing that the “Borden’s Circus Of The Curious” would be coming to town for a special engagement.
The boys, who were 12 and 14 at the time, were amazed that anyone let alone an entire Circus would come to a little nowhere town like Rainbow Beach.
Amazed but not surprised because odd things were always happening at The Bow.
For instance odd things like those signs- they were all handwritten and they started turning up in strange places all over town.
They were turning up inside of library books, underneath canned goods at Brody’s Grocery Store, inside of linen closets and floating down the old logging roads people stopped using in favor of the new highways that had gone in a couple of years before- that would have been back in 1926.
Watson had collected dozens of them and when he had a nice little stack he took them to school and started to put them in desks and he folded them up and put them inside of jackets and in the the Teacher’s desk
” What are you doing? ” Gaddelin asked- he had walked into the coat room and thought he saw Watson taking something out of Wendy O’Hara’s coat pocket.
Then Gaddelin saw the folded square of paper sticking out of Wendy’s coat pocket and he went over and pushed it in.
He asked his brother again, ” what are you doing Watson? “
And Watson shrugged and said, ” I don’t know. “
Curious, Gaddelin thought and then he let the thought go.
For a little while.
The Circus finally came to town.
Both Gaddelin and Watson felt a little foolish that they were part of the “Circus Flier Scheme” because the ” Borden Circus of The Curious ” was like all of the other Circuses that made their way around and through those small logging towns in the Cascades.
There were rides, and lions and bears. There was a carousel and a Ferris wheel and a tents that you had pay extra to get into.
The Sideshow was exceptional both boys decided because you didn’t have to pay extra to see it. The Conjoined Twins were walking around eating popcorn and playing ring toss like regular paying customers, there was a man who was over 7 feet tall that took in the Magic Act headlined by a woman called ” The Amazing Benandanti” with about 40 residents from various towns in the County. Plus the Circus’ Little People were waiting in lines for the rides with everyone else.
Finally Gaddelin asked the woman who told Fortunes ( she was waiting in line for the Carousel ) ” Ma’am, what’s so Curious about this Circus ?”
The Fortune Teller held her hand out and said, ” My name is Saterlee Chapel.”
Watson reached out to take Saterlee’s hand and instead of shaking it Saterlee turned it over and glanced at it and smiled.
” I can see into the future…can’t see into the past.” Saterlee looked up and shook her head ” That has kept me back from being an honest to goodness headliner.”
” Uh-Huh” both boys said.
” Well, when we were down in Seattle I was working with my crystal ball when suddenly I see a burning wheel and a hundred hearses driving into an empty cemetery.
Now, what do you suppose that means? “
Both boys shrugged and Saterlee Chapel Shrugged too and when the Carousel came to a stop she said, ” Curious isn’t it? “
And both boys agreed.
They watched Saterlee choose a place for herself on the Carousel and when the music started they both turned and walked away and as they did they both decided while they were here they might as well have some fun.
Watson Kilgoar reached into his pocket for some money and instead of pulling out a handful of change he pulled out a handful of little squares of tightly folded paper
Watson showed them to his brother.
In his hand were the fliers.
Gaddelin Kilgoar reached into his pocket and pulled out a little box of matches.
Then they stood by the Ferris Wheel for a very long time and watched it turn far into the evening.
Finally they got on.
You could see the flames for miles.