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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Early Loggers
November 14, 2012 – 9:59 pm | No Comment
Early Loggers

This pictures ran in a 1989 edition of the Dispatch. The caption reads:
Logging quickly became the main industry in the area, supporting a number of mills in Eatonville, Alder, Elbe, Ashford, National and many other …

Ashford Public School
August 3, 2012 – 12:20 am | 5 Comments
Ashford Public School

There was a school in Ashford from 1906 until it was consolidated with Eatonville in 1949.
Ashford was first known at Succotash Valley, named by the Indians, but was later called Ashford after Walter Ashford — …

Busses from Ashford to Rainier
July 28, 2012 – 4:07 pm | No Comment
Busses from Ashford to Rainier

Pictured here are the first busses that ran from the Tacoma Eastern Depot in Ashford to Mt. Rainier.
People could also get a good look at the mountain from the air too. The first airplane flights …

Tents up Near Ashford 1909 — and the World’s Fair
June 23, 2012 – 9:00 am | 6 Comments
Tents up Near Ashford 1909 — and the World’s Fair

I just purchased this postcard on eBay. It’s a nice shot of Paradise Valley in 1909.
The other cool thing about this is the postage markings on the back, in particular that it reads Seattle World’s …

Community Day (aka May Day)
May 4, 2012 – 9:00 am | 4 Comments
Community Day (aka May Day)

Growing up, I was confused about May Day. Why did some people call it Community Day and others May Day? Why did only our town celebrate it? And what was with the Maypole?
Now that I’ve …

Postcard from Mountain Rainier (1908)
May 3, 2012 – 4:20 pm | One Comment
Postcard from Mountain Rainier (1908)

This time of year, with all the rain, it’s rare to get a glimpse of Mount Rainier. So here’s a glimpse a 100 years back. This postcard was sent to Anna Peterson from Ashford in …

The Logs – Resort Motel and Restaurant
March 22, 2012 – 3:36 pm | 10 Comments
The Logs – Resort Motel and Restaurant

If you were headed up to Paradise years ago, you might have stopped by “The Logs”  for the evening. Below is what was printed on the back of their postcard, and it sounds like a …

Operation Bootstrap
January 29, 2012 – 9:00 am | No Comment
Operation Bootstrap

In 1953 it was obvious Eatonville’s lumber mill, the town’s main industry, was shutting down. Hundreds of people had already left and residents were depressed and worried about the town’s survival.
No one wanted to see …

Ashford Postcard of Mesler Stop (1911)
January 8, 2012 – 9:00 am | No Comment
Ashford Postcard of Mesler Stop (1911)

This postcard was mailed out of Ashford, Wash., on February 4, 1911, at 6 a.m. The postmaster was Cara J. Ashford, and she held that position from the time the post office opened, Nov. 16, …

Log Slip at National
January 3, 2012 – 9:00 am | 2 Comments
Log Slip at National

The University of Washington says this photo is of the “Pacific National Lumber Company mill pond. Mill jack and Asian crew, at National”
The picture, although not the clearest, gives you a lot of detail about …