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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Eatonville Trivia – Test your Knolwedge
October 31, 2013 – 11:25 pm | No Comment
Eatonville Trivia – Test your Knolwedge

Eatonvile Triva
How well do you know your Eatonville history? Here are a few questions to test your knowledge.
1. What was the company that helped build the town in the early 1900s?
2. What was the town’s …

Very Early Elbe
October 31, 2013 – 9:59 pm | 7 Comments
Very Early Elbe

This is a view of Elbe when it was a bright, young little town. To get your bearings, the Little Eble Church, which is still standing today is located off the left hand side of …

Mill Houses in National (early 1900s)
May 26, 2013 – 9:00 am | 8 Comments
Mill Houses in National (early 1900s)

“The mill houses from National were sold when Weyerhaeuser Company decided to completely clear the old town site. Single bedroom houses sold for $100, two bedrooms for $200, three bedrooms for $300, and so on. …

Railroad Avenue (Elbe)
April 25, 2013 – 2:59 pm | One Comment
Railroad Avenue (Elbe)

Thank go for postcards in the early 1900s. They give you such a unique glimpse of the world. This one, from 1908 is of Tacoma Eastern Railroad’s Railroad Avenue, probably near Elbe.
Note on the card …

1908 Elbe Postcard
April 17, 2013 – 5:45 pm | No Comment
1908 Elbe Postcard

This postcard was mailed out of Elbe in 1908. I don’t know who wrote the card, but the message tells you a little about Eatonville’s postal service back then:
“I wish I was back home again. …

Humorous Moments with the First Eatonville Firefighters
March 15, 2013 – 4:51 pm | 4 Comments
Humorous Moments with the First Eatonville Firefighters

Eatonville residents were quick to build the town, but slow to put together a fire department. The first fire department wasn’t organized until 1933 after the Sabourin Building burned.
The two-story Sabourin building caught fire in …

Elbe Mill
January 12, 2013 – 9:00 am | No Comment
Elbe Mill

The mill in Elbe (the Elbe Lumber and Shingle Company) was once a large operation. It was located a mile north of Elbe and from this picture you can see the rail coming in and …

Elbe IOOF
November 24, 2012 – 9:00 am | No Comment
Elbe IOOF

This isn’t the best shot of the Eble IOOF, (Independent Order of Odd Fellows) but it was taken when the building was fairly new. In fact, it looks a bit like a Hollywood set.
You don’t …

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 …

Weyerhaeuser Logging Locomotives
July 30, 2012 – 9:00 am | 2 Comments
Weyerhaeuser Logging Locomotives

Early on logging was done by rail. Locomotives came steaming in to pick up the lumber, like these Weyerhaeuser Timber Company locomotives. If you want to see some of these old trails up close,  Mount Rainier …