Alder Mill, 1905

Alder sawmill ca 1905
Alder sawmill ca 1905

The first image is of the exterior of the Alder, Wash., mill around 1905.

The next shot is of the interior of the mill.  Note the size of the saw blade — set up for extremely large logs.

The mill was located on the south side of town near Alder Creek. A wooden dam was constructed in the creek to form a mill pond to dump the logs to the be sawed. (Per Old Alder.)

Photos Courtesy Pat Van Eaton.

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Interior of Alder Sawmill
Interior of Alder Sawmill

3 thoughts on “Alder Mill, 1905”

  1. Pat Van Eaton

    My granfather (Ernest Boettcher) worked here unloading log cars.They where pushed down the track on the left side of the log pond.You’ll notice the tract are tipped toward the pond. The log car had a row of wooden stakes to hold the logs on the car. He would chop the stakes away until the logs broke lose & he would duct down into a pit between ramp logs as the logs rolled over the top of him.

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