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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Ingbrick and Marie Jacobson and Signe Keller
July 5, 2016 – 9:00 am | 4 Comments
Ingbrick and Marie Jacobson and Signe Keller

In the late 1800s and early 1900s, Ohop Valley was populated with Norwegians — like Ingbrick and Marie Jacobson and daughter Signe Keller. This family lived in one of the original homes still standing, near …

Plowing at the Burwash Farm (ca. 1976)
April 21, 2016 – 8:41 pm | No Comment
Plowing at the Burwash Farm (ca. 1976)

Steve Burwash pictured here on his tractor, tilling in Ohop Valley.
His daughter, Mary (Burwash) Chalberg says, “Springtime on the farm was always one of my favorite seasons. Mom [Carolyn Burwash] would be happily cleaning flower …

Christmas Tree at Peterson Farm (ca. 1950)
December 22, 2015 – 7:21 pm | No Comment
Christmas Tree at Peterson Farm (ca. 1950)

It’s that time of year. Looking around for a few Christmasy shots from years past. Here are a a couple from the Peterson family, taken at the Peterson farm in Ohop Valley. There are no house, barns …

Johnny Larson (1963)
November 18, 2015 – 9:00 am | No Comment
Johnny Larson (1963)

Martin Burwash writes this about his photos of Johnny Larson . . . 
Ever wonder what a real northwest pioneer actually looked like? Well here you go. This is Johnny Larson. He and my Grandpa [Matt] …

Ohop Bob and Ohop Valley (ca. 1914)
October 14, 2015 – 11:54 pm | No Comment
Ohop Bob and Ohop Valley (ca. 1914)

Ohop Bob was built in 1914 by the Tacoma Auto Club. It was operating as a restaurant, serving a wonderful chicken dinner, until the early 1960s.
These two postcards are an early look at the building …

Cow in the Early Morning — Ohop Valley
June 10, 2015 – 7:35 pm | No Comment
Cow in the Early Morning — Ohop Valley

Many of Martin Burwash’s photos of the Burwash/Kjelstad farm in Ohop Valley have made this blog because they are just incredible — like this one.
“Probably my favorite picture my brother Martin Burwash took of the farm years …

Carolyn Burwash – That Damned Norwegian Work Ethic
February 4, 2015 – 5:06 pm | One Comment
Carolyn Burwash – That Damned Norwegian Work Ethic

For those of you who haven’t had a chance to check out Martin Burwash’s blog, Rambling West, I highly recommend it. He’s a spectacular photographer and this past week he posted about his family that …

Steve Burwash bringing in the cows
January 27, 2015 – 1:14 am | One Comment
Steve Burwash bringing in the cows

For those of you who have milked cows, this picture will feel familiar. Steve Burwash, who is today in his 90s, is bringing his milk cows.
This picture was taken by Martin Burwash in the 1970s. …

Open Valley Postcard – early 1900s
January 23, 2015 – 7:17 pm | No Comment
Open Valley Postcard – early 1900s

People took lots of pictures of Ohop Valley over the years, especially from this vantage point, and it became a popular postcard.
You see the vantage point, I believe, because you got a great view from Ohop …

The Cows of Kjelstad Farm
January 22, 2015 – 10:46 pm | No Comment
The Cows of Kjelstad Farm

In 1889 a Norwegian named Henry Kjelstad settled in Ohop Valley. In 2014 the farm, which had stayed in the family was sold to the Nisqually Land Trust. When Steve Burwash was moving out, this list …