“Taken about 28 years ago, this is a old trestle near National on the south side of the Nisqually River, about a half mile from the National mill pond. A beaver dam on Lake Creek provided a great fishing spot for a couple years. The rail went to the Little Incline, a good story for later. I’m pretty sure there are pictures of the incline somewhere. Joe Rotter is in the bottom, left center, ” Carl Rotter.
He adds, “There were two inclines. This trestle may have served both. If you are familiar with the road behind National that went past the mill pond and across the Nisqually (bridge now washed out) and continues across a flat and then comes to a “t”, the Big Incline was to the right and the Little Incline to the left. To get to this trestle, you would turn left at the “t” and go until the road turns right to Bear Basin and Anderson Lake (no longer driveable). Park at were the road turns and walk the other way (North-ish?). These directions are not to direct you to the spot but rather to give you an idea of where it is located. And as with any history, I may not have it all quite right.”
Photo courtesy of Carl Rotter.
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