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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National Map (1908)

Submitted by on May 10, 2016 – 9:00 am14 Comments
Map of National

Map of National

This is 1908 plat map of National, filed with Pierce County.

Pat Walgamott says, “An “unofficial” plat of the National townsite;  as far as I know the town never fulfilled its expectations!  This was sent in response to my request for a map of that area.”

Photo courtesy of Pat Walgamott.

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  • Clyde Rogers says:

    I am very interested in this subject. My grandparents lived and worked here. My mother was born in National and worked at a store there while in high school (Eatonville).
    Any further information would be most welcome.
    I did see the site in the early 1960’s and it consisted of cellar holes marking the places where homes used to be.

    • dimettler says:

      Hi, I’ll try to find more information out on National. It was a booming place in its day!

    • david getsfrid says:

      My dad was also born in national. My grandparents owned a service station there for quite a while. I have a very nice panoramic picture of the mill along with some other pictures of logging in the area. My dad had a hand drawn map of the town at one time but he donated it to either a museum in that area or something.

      • dimettler says:

        I would LOVE to add your images. Are they something you can email? Do you live near by?

      • Ron Davis says:

        We lived in National When I was Young I remember an Ahron g
        Getsfrid and still remember a lot of the people from there. I started school in Ashford and went to Columbia Crest the first year it was opened. Dad was Russ Davis and his brother Carl Sr. lived in asshford after all the houses in National was sold. We lived there until my grandmother had a stroke and we moved to the farm in Morton to take care of her. I still run the hills up there and and haave very fond memories of the people. My dad raised moms children their names are Bob McCarty,Don McCarty, Fay McCarty and Jeannette McCarty who married Dick Sokol from Mineral.

  • David Getsfrid says:

    I live in Battle Ground Wa. The panoramic is about 53″ x 10″ not sure how to email it or even copy it. I could take a picture of it the best I can and either text it or email it to you. Dad said he thought that it was the only one he ever saw of the entire mill.

  • […] those of you who find town of National, and the mill that used operate there, fascinating, then you’re in for a treat. This image […]

  • My West Seattle next door neighbor until 1979, Robert Miller, was born in National. Some years ago I ended up in a chat in comments with one of his family members.

    Mr. Brand who runs the homemade Ashford Alpine Crafts shop in Ashford was a logger born in National. I hope he’s still alive as he’d have great stories. His wife, Sandra A. Brand sells her paintings in shop which is attached to their home. It’s on Hwy 706 just East of “downtown” Ashford as you drive towards Mt. Rainier National Park. There are lots of chain saw sculptures, birdhouses, paintings on saws, and things like that out front. Near Wild Berry restaurant.

    Does anyone know the Mr. Brand I am talking about? I haven’t talked to him in about 10-12 years.


  • Clyde Rogers says:

    At present all I have in my possession is a photo of my Grandfather and Grandmother (Eric and Hanna (Dahlstrom) Anderson. I did give some photos to my brother that I will try to get copies of. I also have a copy of the marriage certificate (he was 40 and she was 34). My mother was born in 1921 and had an older sister and a younger sister. Some of the photos you’ve posted are truly enlightening.

    I can send any photo by any means.

    I was born in Tacoma but never lived in Washington. After dad came back from WWII, I grew up all over the western states but now I live in Massachusetts.

    I’ll contact you for an email address when I have several pictures to send. My personal favorite was my grandfather standing by a long rope between two trees with his annual salmon catch hanging on the rope. He was about 5’6″ and the salmon were about the same or close to it.

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