Eatonville Junction

Eatonville Junction
Eatonville Junction

This photo was recently on ebay.

I wasn’t familiar with this building and asked the Eatonville History group on Facebook about it. Here is what I got.

Ryan Eaton provided a Google map showing where sit had been on Lynch Creek Rd. E.:

Rob Harbison added: Yes, That’s where the line relocation started when the built the dams and flooded the canyon. You can still see the old grade in a lot of places.

And Heidi (Swanson) Stephens added: My dad (Roy Swanson) said there was a junction north of the Lynch Creek Bridge. This would be the location.

So there you go. I, unfortunately, wasn’t the winning big on Ebay. But hopefully someone in Eatonville who appreciates it was the winner.

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2 responses to “Eatonville Junction”

  1. I had no idea that this structure ever existed. Now I need to see if I can pinpoint where it sat! This is a train order station, used by the railroad to pass on orders to the train crews at this location. The signal sticking out the front of the building has red and green targets (and a kerosene lamp with colored lenses) to let the train engineer know if he needs to stop and pick up orders, or not. The track in the foreground would be the “new” main line over the hill to Elbe (via New Reliance), while the track in the background would be the old mainline through Eatonville. These tracks formed two legs of a “wye” track (which has three tracks so trains can turn around) at the junction. The old main line through Eatonville (as far as La Grande) staid in place for some years after the Alder Dam was constructed in order to serve the Eatonville Lumber Co. mill.

    Brian Wise
    Mt. Rainier Railroad & Logging Museum


    • Wow, thank you for this information. — If you are interested, I would love to have a guest blogger on this site and you are definitely an expert here. 🙂


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