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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Alder Dam Powerhouse 1912
May 24, 2011 – 4:59 pm | 7 Comments
Alder Dam Powerhouse 1912

Drive up to La Grande and you can’t miss the Alder Dam, built in the 1940s. But there was another dam before this one — smaller and built in the 1910.
“The water was forced through a …

Nitrogen Plant at La Grande
May 19, 2011 – 2:03 pm | 3 Comments
Nitrogen Plant at La Grande

In the early 1900s, the American Nitrogen Products Company built a large plant on the rail line — on the north side of La Grande — to produce nitrate of soda crystals.
Although I don’t know …

Canyon Road in the 1920s
May 16, 2011 – 2:33 am | 2 Comments
Canyon Road in the 1920s

I just drove down Canyon Road yesterday. It’s loaded with twists and turns and I take it whenever I can just for that reason.
Just found this picture (courtesy Rich Williams) of the road back in …

Last Letter from La Grande?
May 16, 2011 – 2:22 am | 2 Comments
Last Letter from La Grande?

There’s word that the La Grande post office may be closing. If so, it will be an end of an era.
The post office has been in operation since it opened in 1910 — back when …

La Grande’s Futuristic Homes of 1912
May 8, 2011 – 3:48 am | 10 Comments
La Grande’s Futuristic Homes of 1912

Around 1909 the City of Tacoma decided to build a hydro-electric plant in La Grande. They built it between 1910 and 1912 and it cost $58,780,00 ($2,354,984 in today’s dollars). The new plant could produce …

Canyada Lodge in La Grande
April 29, 2011 – 4:56 pm | 16 Comments
Canyada Lodge in La Grande

The Canyada Lodge, in La Grande, was designed by Heath and Gove and opened around 1912. John L. McMurray — a Pierce County Prosecuting Attorney — built the lodge or $92,500.
(This first picture, courtesy of Rich …

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 …