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).
Photos are courtesy of Pat Walmagott.
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