Long Logs coming through Eatonville, 1960

Long Logs, March 1960
Long Logs, March 1960

This load of logs came down Mashell Ave. in March, 1960. In fact, the truck is stopped at the corner of Center Street and Mashell.

I can’t tell by the image what logging outfit this was. If you have some information, please share.

There has always been a need for straight, long logs, which are used for masts for sailboats, and the like. In fact, there is still a mill in Aberdeen, Grays Harbor Historical Seaport, that mills these logs for boats and flag poles. Hollywood hired the mill not long ago to create the masts for Pirates of the the Caribbean.

Photo courtesy of the Baublits family, and taken by Joe Larin. 

Click on image to enlarge. 

10 responses to “Long Logs coming through Eatonville, 1960”

  1. Hello Miller descendents,

    I grew up in W. Seattle next door to Robert Miller who was a logger who grew up in National Washington. I knew Robert and his wife Florence Miller in their retired years.

    The Smith Miller mentioned in this post must be a relative of Robert Miller who died in the late 1970’s or maybe 1980 after a fall. He lived just long enough in the hospital to learn of the birth of his grandchild.

    My mom Virginia still lives in the same W. Seattle house with the same phone #, in case you want to be in touch.

    Best wishes from the girl next door!


    • Yes! Smith Miller, Smitty, was my grandfather (my mothers’ father) She, born at National in 1909. Bob was a nephew of his. When my mother was born little Bob (6 years old) asked “uncle” Smith if he had got a shot at the stork that delivered the baby. (The Bill Miller family were great bird hunters in the day!)
      I am in touch with his family these days; Bruce lives in Seattle. Florence passed away about 8 years ago (?) I believe.

      PNLC was started about 1906 by my great grandfather, “Charlie” Miller, son Lynn and not sure who the other partner was. Wish I had paid more attention to his stories when I was a little girl! After the Mill burnt in 1912, it was rebuilt, of course, but Smitty and family moved to Tacoma offices.
      I am most curious about something called “The Snake Ranch” that I heard my grandparents mention form time to time. I figure it was the local watering hole, but doubt very much if it was in Ashford. On a old old map printout(which I cannot find) sent to me by Pierce county shows location of an old saloon which was much closer to National. Often wondered if this is the same place. Such a strange name. I suppose folks went and enjoyed their libations until they saw snakes….Oh My!
      Thanks for the response!


  2. Robert Miller logged under the area which later became Alder Lake when the La Grande dam was put in. I believe Bob was about 90 in about 1980 when he died from head injury.


  3. I lived in National from 1947 to 1956 . My dad Maurice Anderson had a small fleet of logging trucks and my uncle Paul Anderson had a logging company there also. Our old home is now a bed and breakfast
    called Mountain Meadows and is now in Ashford. I remember the bunk
    houses and I think there was a camp cookhouse there to. I used to ride my bicycle along the borad walk in front of the bunk house
    always was able to get a candy bar or two if I times it just right
    when the crew was coming in from the woods. Great place to grow up
    I will never forget National.


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