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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Young Trappers in Alder (early 1900s)
January 12, 2015 – 4:48 pm | No Comment
Young Trappers in Alder (early 1900s)

The young Alder boys loaded up with traps look like they could catch just about anything.  It’s a little hard to tell, but I think they are bear traps.
On the right is Charley Boettcher.  The Boettchers …

Old Trestle Near National (ca. 1987)
January 2, 2015 – 11:57 pm | One Comment
Old Trestle Near National (ca. 1987)

“Taken about 28 years ago, this is a old trestle near National on the south side of the Nisqually River, about a half mile from the National mill pond. A beaver dam on Lake Creek …

Logging Trestle, Nisqually River (ca. 1915)
December 30, 2014 – 9:00 am | One Comment
Logging Trestle, Nisqually River (ca. 1915)

One of the big challenges to early logging was getting the logs out of the forest, especially when you were faced with rivers and steep hills. This photo taken by Kinsey of a trestle (I believe over the …

Staff of Camp In the Clouds (1911)
December 29, 2014 – 9:00 am | 3 Comments
Staff of Camp In the Clouds (1911)

In 1911, should be you have the chance to stay at Camp in the Clouds at Mount Rainier, you would have met a number of these folks — the staff mostly from the Ashford area.
“Kate Borden, …

Camp of the Clouds (ca. 1910)
December 28, 2014 – 7:48 pm | 3 Comments
Camp of the Clouds (ca. 1910)

If you were looking for “glamping” at Mount Rainier back in the late 1800s or early 1900s, Camp of the Clouds was the way to go.
“Camp of the Clouds was first established in 1886 at …

Logging in National (ca. 1920)
December 28, 2014 – 1:14 am | One Comment
Logging in National (ca. 1920)

National, Wash. was an active logging area for years. A widely known photographer, Clark Kinsey, who documented the Northwest logging industry took some amazing pictures of the logging sites.
Here is a Kinsey shot taken around 1920. …

Eatonville Lumber Company Logging
December 17, 2014 – 7:17 pm | No Comment
Eatonville Lumber Company Logging

This picture of the Eatonville Lumber Co. logging camp gives a lot of detail about logging in the early 20th century— from the locomotive there to take out the lumber, the size of the trees, …

Alder Road (early 1900s)
December 2, 2014 – 6:35 pm | One Comment
Alder Road (early 1900s)

All the information I have with this photo is “Alder Road Construction.” If anyone has more details, please share them.
The planks in the background I assume were going to be used for the road. I …

Rainier National Park Travelogue (1923)
November 30, 2014 – 1:27 am | No Comment
Rainier National Park Travelogue (1923)

This Rainier National Park Travelogue let climbers record their climbs. They included:
• The Sky-Line Trail — Saddle Horse
• Summit Climb — afoot
• Nisqually Glacier Trip — afoot
• Paradise-Stevens Glacier Trip — afoot
• Muir Camp Trip …

Emma and Ernest Boettcher and the BIG Trees
November 21, 2014 – 9:00 am | No Comment
Emma and Ernest Boettcher and the BIG Trees

The trees were enormous early in the 1900s. Here are Emma Boettcher McGilvery and Ernest Boettcher of Alder standing with some of the incredible trees.
What seems almost impossible to imagine is that the tree Ernest …