This picture of the Eatonville Lumber Camp shows the rail system used to transport logs.
“Until 1941 the lumber company did its own logging from its own timber land and did not, as a rule, buy logs. The company taintained railroad tracks, owned locomotives and cars, and operated a logging camp.
In 1941 the stumpage prices were:
Fir — $2 to $2.50 per thousand
Cedar — $1.50 to $2 per thousand
Hemlock — $.50 per thousand.”
In 2011 stumpage prices are:
Fir — $366 to $394 per thousand board feet
Western Red Cedar — $673 to $701 per thousand board feet
Hemlock — $350 to $370 per thousand board feet
(Historic info per History of Southeastern Pierce County.)
Photo courtesy of Pat Van Eaton.
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