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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Elbe, 1909
August 16, 2011 – 3:49 pm | No Comment
Elbe, 1909

The Pierce County Auditor wrote this about the town of Elbe in 1909:

Situated in the Nisqually River Valley in the heart of the timber district is the town of Elbe.
On October 20, 1903, Adam Sachs …

Wreck at the Elbe Lumber and Shingle Co.
August 2, 2011 – 2:31 pm | One Comment
Wreck at the Elbe Lumber and Shingle Co.

This photo is entitled “Wreck at the Elbe Lumber and Shingle Company”. A title like that deserves more story, but unfortunately I only have the picture.
This wasn’t the first catastrophe for Elbe Lumber and Shingle. …

One Log Bridge – Elbe
July 31, 2011 – 9:00 am | One Comment
One Log Bridge – Elbe

They don’t make bridges like this anymore. This primitive bridge in Elbe was built on a single, enormous tree. That particular piece of a bridge — if I’m understanding bridge design correctly — is called …

Hiking at Mountain — in dresses
July 29, 2011 – 2:37 pm | 2 Comments
Hiking at Mountain — in dresses

Who says you need fancy hiking gear for climbing around on glaciers. These women were doing it wearing dresses and carrying nothing more than walking sticks around 1910.
The woman in the white hat is Marie …

Elbe, July 4 1904
July 3, 2011 – 4:32 pm | No Comment
Elbe, July 4 1904

This shot if from the 1904 July 4th celebrations in Elbe. Back then the town was a little more built up.
The population list for Elbe in 2000 was only 21 people.
Historical Fact (taken from Wikipedia): Elbe …

First Boiler headed to Elbe Sawmill
June 9, 2011 – 9:00 am | 2 Comments
First Boiler headed to Elbe Sawmill

This boiler, headed to a sawmill around Elbe, was the latest in technology. Men were moving away from horse power and toward steam power. In fact, this boiler may have well been on it’s way …

The Tiny Elbe Church – 1906
June 7, 2011 – 3:44 pm | 2 Comments
The Tiny Elbe Church – 1906

This tiny church in Elbe, Wash, built in 1906, is only 18 feet x 24 feet. That’s not the amazing part — 105 years later it’s still holding services.
The church’s website says the Elbe worshipers …

Levi Engel, Blacksmith and MUCH more
June 6, 2011 – 9:00 am | No Comment
Levi Engel, Blacksmith and MUCH more

If I had been born about 100 years earlier, I might have had a crush on Elbe’s Mr. Levi Engel. From what I can tell, he was as extremely interesting — blacksmith, editor, justice of the …

Upper Nisqually Valley
April 5, 2011 – 3:28 am | 6 Comments
Upper Nisqually Valley

This is a fabulous new book, available for purchase mid April, 2011.
Donald Johnstone takes us on a trip through time, looking at those small towns in the upper Nisqually valley. The pictures alone make the …

Eatonville Supports WWII
March 6, 2011 – 6:38 am | 2 Comments
Eatonville Supports WWII

It was 1943 and the world was at war. Even in the tiny town on Eatonville, far from the front lines, the impact the war was having on the country was obvious.
Articles of the Time
In …