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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Millers Out for a Drive (National, ca. 1912)
May 9, 2016 – 6:06 pm | No Comment
Millers Out for a Drive (National, ca. 1912)

The Smith H. Miller family is out for a drive around 1912. That’s Smith (bookkeep at the PNLC) at the wheel, his wife Maude Looney Miller and infant daughter Jeanne Miller in her arms.
In the …

1914 Eatonville Fire Department Map
May 4, 2016 – 4:50 pm | No Comment
1914 Eatonville Fire Department Map

This is an incredible 1914 Eatonville Fire Department map.
Of course, for years, the Eatonville Fire Department didn’t have the best reputation. Some might say at times they were more liability than asset.
For a great, humorous article …

Elbe Post Office – 1956
April 28, 2016 – 9:25 pm | No Comment
Elbe Post Office – 1956

The Elbe post office, shown here in 1956, had a long history. The following is taken from Postmarked Washington: Pierce County.
Established: June 4, 1892, Cyrus H. Thompson; Adam Sachs, December 17, 1892; Mrs. Serena B. …

Cookhouse at National (ca. 1911)
April 26, 2016 – 4:41 pm | One Comment
Cookhouse at National (ca. 1911)

Nice shot of the cookhouse at National. It was one one of the first structures built in preparation for the Pacific National Lumber Company (PNLC) mill. Smith H. Miller, sec/and bookkeeper for the company  lived here …

Pacific National Mill Fire – May 13, 1912
April 25, 2016 – 5:08 pm | 2 Comments
Pacific National Mill Fire – May 13, 1912

 
The Pacific National was one of the more well-known sawmills on the Tacoma Eastern, as well as being on the the largest of its time. (Rails to Paradise.)
The mighty mill was brought down by a …

A Drive Down an early Canyon Road
April 12, 2016 – 5:24 pm | One Comment
A Drive Down an early Canyon Road

Pat Walgamott says, “I found this picture of the road along the Nisqually River about 1909….at least what can be seen of it. This is my grandfather driving, Smith H. Miller, from National driving three ladies …

Eatonville Theater (ca. 1957)
April 5, 2016 – 3:41 pm | No Comment
Eatonville Theater (ca. 1957)

This shot of the old Eatonville Theater taken in the late 50s, taken by Joe Larin, makes the town look like a ghost town. A new theater had been built but this time, just down …

The Railway and Engineering Review
March 28, 2016 – 11:54 pm | No Comment
The Railway and Engineering Review

A hundred years ago, trains would have been a big part of the local atmosphere. You would probably be familiar with the one out near Tanwax as well.
Photos courtesy of Cameron Wright.
Click on image to enlarge.

 

1921 Third Grade Award for Marion Newton
March 3, 2016 – 9:00 am | No Comment
1921 Third Grade Award for Marion Newton

Perfect attendance award for third grader Marion Newton in 1921 from her teacher Helen G. Marshall an Principal White.
This was a big year for another gal. January 3, 1921 was the day Amelia Earhart took …

Paradise Inn – 100 Years old in 2016
March 2, 2016 – 9:00 am | No Comment
Paradise Inn – 100 Years old in 2016

I don’t know what’s more impressive—the iconic Paradise Inn or Mount Rainier looming behind it.
“Construction of the majestic Paradise Inn was completed 100 years ago in 1916. Today, entering the inn with its large timbers …