Barney’s Matchbook Cover
September 22, 2016 – 12:07 am | 3 Comments

Locals know Barney’s Corner as a gas station, but early on it was much, much more.
I believe this matchbook cover comes from around the 1940s. Back then there was food and dance.
Barney was Keith Malcom’s brother …

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Alder’s Puncheon Road

Submitted by on April 20, 2011 – 3:35 pm3 Comments
Building Puncheon Road in Alder, WA

Building Puncheon Road in Alder, WA

This photo (courtesy of Pat Van Eaton) shows the building of a puncheon road (plank road) in Alder. The puncheon planks stacked on the right would be laid crossway to create the roadway.

These plank roads were popular in the 1800s, but gave way to paved roads. Today if you want to see one, it will probably be in a Western movie.

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  • LeAnna Gaydeski says:

    My grandmother use to tell me stories that as a young girl (she was born in the old logging camp 1 in 1922 and settled in National?) that they would ride in a wagon on these plank roads all the way into Tacoma…I was thinking how that would be a lonnngg bumpy ride. I would love to hear more about the town/settlers and what happened to it. It was near Elbe I think and located near the entrance to the Natl. park?…not sure 🙂

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