I’m not sure exactly where this logging camp was located, or what logging company it belonged to, except that is was at the base of Mt. Rainier. What I think is amazing about this shot though is the scope of the logging.
Take a look at that logging camp in the center of it all, the railroad that took the logs out and the trestle. Just zoom in and take a look.
If you read the previous two posts, you’ll already know that last week on Ebay last week there was a wall card up for auction that I didn’t win. It had all sorts of shots of the Elbe Lumber & Shingle Company, as well as the logging camp and scene of the Tacoma Eastern Railroad.
Thankfully the seller broke down all the shots, so I can share them with you here. This will come in several sections. This is the third installment of three and features the lumber camp.
These are great shots taken in Kapowsin, and some by Kinsey, the professional photographer of the time, who went around a captured the Northwest logging era.
The first picture shows the crew, as well as a steam donkey off to the left. The second shot shows one of the men working through a large tree with a handsaw. (My shoulders get sore just looking at this picture.) If you look at the third picture you can see the logging camp nestled down there.
This load of logs came down Mashell Ave. in March, 1960. In fact, the truck is stopped at the corner of Center Streetand 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.
The old-timers might remember the town of National, a logging town up the line. There isn’t much left not except for some photos.
Randy Stewart also came across some tokens from the town. Both are from C.C. Ketchum tokens.
Token with the hole in the center was popular in the late 1800s.
Now I’m not sure (I’m taking this off the internet on a forum about tokens) but the token with the hole in it was possibly used for gambling.
“I have read posts [*] that also say they were used in slot or game of chance machines. You would put in a U.S. nickel and the machine would pay out in trade tokens to get around the gambling laws. The numbers are supposed to have linked the tokens to a certain machine.”
Another man said, “I’ve heard that those were used in slot machines in bars. To get around the gambling prohibition, the machine would pay out in those tokens, which were supposedly redeemable only for merchandise. Unofficially, the bartender would give cash for them if he knew you well enough.”
All I know is that these coins were used at National, probably by a bunch of loggers like these.
One of the big challenges to early logging was getting the logs out of the forest, especially when you were faced with rivers and steep hills. This photo taken by Kinseyof a trestle (I believe over the Nisqually River) demonstrates how they did it. The supports are larger timbers, but it’s the foundation that gives one pause. Big rains and rising waters could easily do damage.
Clark Kinsey documented a number of these bridges, and if you’d like to view others—some under construction—just click HERE to access the University of Washington’s collection.
This picture of the Eatonville Lumber Co. logging camp gives a lot of detail about logging in the early 20th century— from the locomotivethere to take out the lumber, the size of the trees, and the use of steam donkeys. Also, the safety gear we’re used to seeing today has yet to be invented.