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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The Dean Family (ca. 1890s)
June 26, 2011 – 3:37 pm | No Comment
The Dean Family (ca. 1890s)

There was a previous post with the Deans and their stuffed cub. Photographers of the day would come around with their props and roll down backdrops to take photos. No roll down backdrop were used …

Methodist Sunday School Picnic, 1911
June 21, 2011 – 10:42 pm | No Comment
Methodist Sunday School Picnic, 1911

This shot was taken at a Methodist Church sunday school picnic down by the Mashell river in 1911.
Reverend Cuddahy lead the church at the time.
PIctured are Sara Elizabeth Van Eaton Williams (kneeling on the left …

Mack Logging Truck — 1920s
June 21, 2011 – 9:00 am | 2 Comments
Mack Logging Truck — 1920s

Loggers have been falling trees from Eatonville to Rainier for generations. This 1926 Mack Truck, must have been quite the rig in it’s time.
The tires are a far cry from today’s commercial truck tires. Here’s …

Mount Rainier Park Entrance (1920s & Today)
June 17, 2011 – 9:00 am | One Comment
Mount Rainier Park Entrance (1920s & Today)

Some things never change — like the entrance to Mount Rainier National Park. Of course, the cars driving through have evolved quite  bit.
Older photo courtesy of Rich Williams.
Click to enlarge photo.
 
 
 
 
 

The Deans & Their Bear Cub
June 12, 2011 – 3:42 pm | 4 Comments
The Deans & Their Bear Cub

Who said pioneers didn’t have pets. Up in the tree the Deans seem to have adopted a cub. Actually, that’s not a pet, it’s a prop that the photographer used. (You may spot it in …

Driving the Banana Special in 1923
June 1, 2011 – 3:35 pm | 3 Comments
Driving the Banana Special in 1923

Pictured here is Ray Williams driving his Banana Special in 1923.
By the 1920s the automobile had become the most popular way to get around. And Henry Ford was putting out new and better models every …

Eatonville’s First Washing Machine
May 27, 2011 – 10:30 pm | 8 Comments
Eatonville’s First Washing Machine

It’s hard to imagine that getting a washing machine was a picture-worthy event, but this washing machine was Eatonville’s first. Maren Christensen sits reading a book — no more scrubbing each piece of laundry by …

Alder Dam Powerhouse 1912
May 24, 2011 – 4:59 pm | 7 Comments
Alder Dam Powerhouse 1912

Drive up to La Grande and you can’t miss the Alder Dam, built in the 1940s. But there was another dam before this one — smaller and built in the 1910.
“The water was forced through a …

Nitrogen Plant at La Grande
May 19, 2011 – 2:03 pm | 3 Comments
Nitrogen Plant at La Grande

In the early 1900s, the American Nitrogen Products Company built a large plant on the rail line — on the north side of La Grande — to produce nitrate of soda crystals.
Although I don’t know …

Canyon Road in the 1920s
May 16, 2011 – 2:33 am | 2 Comments
Canyon Road in the 1920s

I just drove down Canyon Road yesterday. It’s loaded with twists and turns and I take it whenever I can just for that reason.
Just found this picture (courtesy Rich Williams) of the road back in …