Martha Parrish (who just turned 99 this year) said that forest fires up in the hills around Eatonville were a common thing when she was young. You’d often see the smoke rising up out of the woods in the summer.
You don’t hear much about early fire fighters though. Here’s a picture of Nate Williams(far right) and the crew, with is grandson Cecil on the far left. The note on the back of the photo reads, “Working on forest fire above Eatonville on Bird Creek. Nate was cook and I was dish washer.
Wish I could zoom in a little closer to see what the men were eating.
Tom Smallwood says that Bird Creek is also known as Berg Creek, if you’re looking at map. It flows into Lynch Creek at from the north.
If you’re looking for directions to the spot, Rich Williams says, “It’s located on (former) Weyerhaeuser property
up by the old Ohop Lookout tower. If you drive up the Weyerhaeuser Road to where the original gate used to be, the road forks just above this gate. Take the fork to the left and drive about one mile, you will come to another road to your left. If you take that road you are on your way to where the old Ohop Lookout tower was located. The first bridge you cross will be Lynch Creek. The second bridge you cross will be Bird Creek. Bird Creek is a very short tributary starting in the foothills below the lookout.
It travels a very short distance before it merges into Lynch Creek.
Pictured here is left to right is: (Aunt) Anna, Helen, Alice and Pearl Peterson. The photo was taken with Helen’s new camera outside Torger Peterson’s original home in Ohop Valley. You won’t find the house there any longer. It’s now the hub of the Nisqually Land Trust’s work to restore salmon habitat.
If this piece of logging equipment doesn’t look familiar, it’s because you’re more likely to see in a museum than the woods. This drag saw was probably used in the 20s or 30s when they hit their stride.
Basically, the engine drags the saw back and forth, as if you were manually sawing down a tree. You can see one in action on this YouTube video.
Drag saws were the labor saving, tool of choice before chain saws hit the scene around in 1940s.