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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More on the La Grande Nitrogen Plant
November 29, 2012 – 6:26 pm | 2 Comments
More on the La Grande Nitrogen Plant

For you science buffs, Donald Johnstone has provided two articles on the La Grande Nitrogen plant. Beware, you need to understand a bit about chemistry to fully appreciate the articles.
• The first, printed in 1930, ran …

Ohop Mutual Light Co. (ca. 1960s)
September 11, 2012 – 9:33 pm | One Comment
Ohop Mutual Light Co. (ca. 1960s)

Ohop Mutual Light Company has been a part of the community for decades. “It was organized in the fall of 1920. Andrew Anderson was the prime mover in the organization and served as president continuously …

La Grande Nitrogen Plant (ca. 1920)
February 9, 2012 – 9:00 am | One Comment
La Grande Nitrogen Plant (ca. 1920)

La Grande used to be home to a commercial nitrogen plant.
“The American Nitrogen Products Company started producing sodium nitrate pellets in La Grande in 1916. The product is also known as saltpeter and is used in …

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 …

La Grande Dam (ca. 1915)
November 22, 2011 – 10:09 pm | 6 Comments
La Grande Dam (ca. 1915)

This shot of the La Grande dam, built in 1910, was taken from unique angle to include some farming of the day.
i’m only guessing as to the 1915 date. If anyone has a better one, …

Nisqually Dam (1927-29)
November 2, 2011 – 9:00 am | 4 Comments
Nisqually Dam (1927-29)

Here are a few shots from the Nisqually dam taken in 1927.
This excerpt is taken from the book Upper Nisqually Valley:
“The flow that was to be used for power generation was divereted into a 1,3000 …

Eatonville School Plant, ca. 1915
September 19, 2011 – 4:40 pm | No Comment
Eatonville School Plant, ca. 1915

In 1915, when the Eatonville high school was construction, the Eatonville school was one of the best around.
Here is a small write up. I’m not sure where it was published, but it reads . . …

Canyada Lodge Ruins
July 1, 2011 – 9:00 am | No Comment
Canyada Lodge Ruins

In 1912, the Canyada Lodge was the something to behold. It was built in La Grande, by Pierce County Prosecuting Attorney, John L. McMurray, for $92,500 — something like $2.1 million today.
In 1927 the grand …

LeGrande Dam Pipes – 1915
June 26, 2011 – 3:57 pm | No Comment
LeGrande Dam Pipes – 1915

Here are two photos of the LaGrande Aqueduct taken in LaGrande, Wash., in 1915.
In the first photo you can actually see people at the top.
Rich Williams, “The water was diverted at LaGrande Dam, and the flume ran …

La Grande Tavern
May 25, 2011 – 4:26 pm | No Comment
La Grande Tavern

This postcard of the La Grande tavern is courtesy of Jeff Morrison who found it on Ebay.
Although the building is no longer there, Jeff says it was located where the motel once stood.
For those of …