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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Old Alder (before the dam)
February 27, 2013 – 7:20 pm | 3 Comments
Old Alder (before the dam)

I’ve always wondered what Alder looked like before the dam and the town was moved. Thanks to Randy Stewart, we have a photo of the small town. And best of all, the buildings are easy …

Kids in Hats (early 1900s)
February 22, 2013 – 2:34 am | One Comment
Kids in Hats (early 1900s)

Check these young folks out — sporting some interesting hats.
Interesting fact, top hats where also known beaver hats, high hats, silk hats, cylinder hats, chimney pots hat or stove pipe hats and sometimes just called toppers. 

Front – Left to Right: Frank …

Carter Street (ca. 1980)
February 13, 2013 – 11:45 pm | 5 Comments
Carter Street (ca. 1980)

Carter Street hasn’t changed much over the last 30+ years. The cars do more changing than the buildings.
Photo courtesy of Ruthie Williams.
Click on image to enlarge.

Snowy Pictures of Ohop Valley
February 6, 2013 – 4:17 pm | No Comment
Snowy Pictures of Ohop Valley

Ohop Valley is covered in snow and Mount Rainier is just behind the clouds.
Walking through the valley in 2010 I was snapping pictures. If I had been a farmer just a few decades ago I …

Charlie Boettcher Moving Logs
January 28, 2013 – 7:05 pm | No Comment
Charlie Boettcher Moving Logs

Charlie (Charles) Beottcher was well known as a logger in the Alder area. Here’s shot of him moving logs. At the base of the pole you can see where he (or someone) has been splitting. …

Mashell Telephone Exchange
January 28, 2013 – 9:00 am | 4 Comments
Mashell Telephone Exchange

N. P. Christensen b0ught the  Mashell Telephone Exchange from Dye and Biggs in 1912. Despite the fact that Mashell Ave. is dirt, this picture looks like it could have been taken yesterday.
It wasn’t quite the …

Clay City (the early days)
January 8, 2013 – 6:42 pm | 2 Comments
Clay City (the early days)

Here we see bricks being produced at Clay City in the early 1900s.
This shot was probably taken shortly after 1907 when The Far West Lumber Company formed the Far West Clay Company and opened the Clay …

Early Pioneer Hotel (1892)
December 14, 2012 – 6:23 pm | 2 Comments
Early Pioneer Hotel (1892)

If you made your way to Eatonville in its first years, you would be staying at the Pioneer Hotel. Paul Haynes built the hotel for Frank Groe in 1892 on the southern corner of Mashell Avenue …

Kruse Family Bridge
November 20, 2012 – 9:43 pm | No Comment
Kruse Family Bridge

The Kruse family had a bridge in the early 1900s that spanned the Nisuqally. It was located near La Grande and was operational until around 1930. The Kruse family was one of the first to …

Center Street – 1971
October 1, 2012 – 5:53 pm | 2 Comments
Center Street – 1971

Shot of Center Street, July 18, 1971. This is the same year the Disneyland resort opened in Florida, and there was a poll taken that claimed 60% of people in the U.S. were against the …