Pacific National Mill Fire – May 13, 1912

 

Pacific National Fire - May 13, 1912
Pacific National Fire – May 13, 1912

The Pacific National was one of the more well-known sawmills on the Tacoma Eastern, as well as being on the the largest of its time. (Rails to Paradise.)

The mighty mill was brought down by a devastating fire on May 13, 1912. (It was rebuilt by December 2.) These shots give a glimpse into the destruction.

The first shot is the mill on fire. In the second shot Japanese-American mill workers turned scrapper stand on  some of the wreckage. And the third shot, Pat Walmagott believes, is of her grandparent’s home after the fire. Her grandfather was Smith H. Miller, the sec/bookkeeper at Pacific National Lumber Company (PNLC).

Japanese-American Millworkers standing on wreckage after the PNLC fire.
Japanese-American Millworkers standing on wreckage after the PNLC fire.

Photos are courtesy of Pat Walmagott. 

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Japanese-American Millworkers standing on wreckage after the PNLC fire, May 13, 1912
Remnants of the Smith H. Miller home after the PNLC fire. 

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