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Old Logging Camps
« on: June 07, 2007, 09:19:22 AM »
Has anyone ever run up on an old Logging Camp.  Like back when they use to haul logs with Mules?  Anyone have any pictures of those or stories? 

I've always herd rummors in Oregon that they exist but have never seen one personaly.  Had guys tell me they found old bunk houses, I guess stabbles for the mules with old tack left, and old settlers cabins.

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Re: Old Logging Camps
« Reply #1 on: June 07, 2007, 09:30:42 AM »
Better get in touch with Idabooner, I believe he lived in one for awhile.

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Re: Old Logging Camps
« Reply #2 on: June 07, 2007, 09:35:16 AM »
Michelle,

The forest here has a way of "erasing" things, like old logging camps and mining towns.

I regularly hunt near one of the biggest most famous camps there was, over 1000 men lived in and worked the Skokomish Valley, and other than a historical monument and a few overgrown old railroad grades, nothing of that era survives.
I also hike through an area where our (smaller) gold rush happened after they '49ers left California, in a place where a town of 20,000 plus miners lived just a little over 100 years ago, only with a metal detector can you find any trace of the town.

The Rayoneer Timber Company has a great historical section, and photo archives (I don't have a link handy).

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Re: Old Logging Camps
« Reply #3 on: June 07, 2007, 09:59:49 AM »
not sure about logging camps, but if you head out past granite falls, you could hike our mountain bike into monte cristo, an old mining camp/town where a lot of the old equipment is still around.
thats a big mining  area
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Re: Old Mining Camps
« Reply #4 on: June 07, 2007, 10:09:55 AM »
That's probably one of the largest areas in the state where miners congregated. In the mountains above and around that area there are still remnants of mining in some of the most unreachable areas. I have seen small caverns, sections of rail, drainage pipes being twisted away and eaten by mother nature.

Another place where I have seen some cool mining spots where horses regularly go into is up the Chewuch road and into Pasayten Wilderness towards the Boundary Trail southeast of Cathedral Peak. That's up by Winthrop. Just before the Boundary Trail (we approached up Tungsten Creek for about 15 miles) there is a camp/shelters and some old mining gear right off the side of the trail. Pretty beautiful place too. I believed they call it the Tungsten Mine.

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Re: Old Logging Camps
« Reply #5 on: June 07, 2007, 10:26:53 AM »
Mule trains do better in a straight line than on switchbacks.  ;)

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Re: Old Logging Camps
« Reply #6 on: June 07, 2007, 10:35:40 AM »
Chancellor was an old mining town that you used to be able to drive to.  If you ever get a chance the little museum in Winthrop has a ton of very nice mining stuff.

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Re: Old Logging Camps
« Reply #7 on: June 07, 2007, 10:47:14 AM »
I know that in an area me and my uncle use to hunt in Oregon.  we had to keep an eye out because their were reports of old mines and mine shafts.  It was along Cow Creek around the town of Riddle, OR. 

I am sure their are mines all over the mountins that no one knows about.  Til the fall in one!

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Re: Old Logging Camps
« Reply #8 on: June 07, 2007, 10:53:16 AM »
I'm always ears when someone talks old mining camps. Love to hear where the next one is so I can make it out there.

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Re: Old Logging Camps
« Reply #9 on: December 06, 2010, 09:55:01 AM »
Has anyone ever run up on an old Logging Camp.  Like back when they use to haul logs with Mules?  Anyone have any pictures of those or stories? 

I've always herd rummors in Oregon that they exist but have never seen one personaly.  Had guys tell me they found old bunk houses, I guess stabbles for the mules with old tack left, and old settlers cabins.


There are few old logging camps around here in Skagit County. My Granddad's Brother use to live at one called Camp Twelve which is located near Lake Cavanaugh. This is a picture of whats left of a steam donkey and some old insulators from what I believe to be Camp Thirteen.

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Re: Old Logging Camps
« Reply #10 on: December 06, 2010, 10:01:27 AM »
never ran into one myself. Would love to see one or a old trappers cabin when I'm out in the woods.
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Re: Old Logging Camps
« Reply #11 on: December 06, 2010, 10:14:39 AM »
Michelle,

The forest here has a way of "erasing" things, like old logging camps and mining towns.

I regularly hunt near one of the biggest most famous camps there was, over 1000 men lived in and worked the Skokomish Valley, and other than a historical monument and a few overgrown old railroad grades, nothing of that era survives.


That was camp Govey, my Dad was the manager of research and development for Simpson and we went there often. Back in the 70s Govey was still standing and a very cool place to checkout. They tore down that camp and the Grisdale Camp that was a whole community with schools and housing in the early 80s. There were some awesome fire lookouts that we would stay in for 2-3 days back then as well. Some of them have been renovated and can be rented now.

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Re: Old Logging Camps
« Reply #12 on: December 06, 2010, 10:59:28 AM »
Came across this old mine while hunting in the Methow. This shaft goes straight into the ground vertically and intersects the horizontal shaft about fifty feet below.
Ive come across alot of old mine over there.

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Re: Old Logging Camps
« Reply #13 on: December 06, 2010, 11:13:23 AM »
North of Lyman in Sierra Pacific land now, there's an old logging railroad grade that starts at Bear Lake / Three Lakes and runs all the way down to Saxon. There are bits of track here and there. All but one bridge is washed out now. Up by the lakes there's little left except for a steam donkey that's rolled off the edge of the mountain. Last time I was there there were posts and the floor of what was left of a bunk house. You can see where logs were drug by mule teams for those many miles. There's nothing at Camp 16/17, but up on the 100 series roads (all gated) there's some old log slides down to the south fork of the Nooksack. There are a couple of old mines up on Mount Josephine. There's another mine west of Blue lake. The Ovenell mine (they mine, refractory sands for kiln brick) is still active on the south of Twin Sisters. Lone Jack or Jack mine near Twin Lakes (Mt. Baker area) is still active. (Gold/Silver) The town of Chancelor is mentioned. There are mines spotted all over the NW Okanogon. I stumbled into one (well, not 'really') down below Cady pass years ago. Sout of Buck Lake there's a ridgeline with a square hole about 15 feet deep ten feet wide. I have no earthly idea what it's for. Surely not a well. Not a mine shaft like I've ever seen before. 

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Re: Old Logging Camps
« Reply #14 on: December 06, 2010, 11:19:17 AM »
Up in Baker lake and Lake Shannon there are several old camps covered in water. Back in the late 90s when the lakes were drawn way down, I flew over them in a Helicopter and you could see some of the buildings just under the water as well as many roads. There was even one bridge visable under the water that crossed the Baker River. That was also the year they found several boats that had been missing including one that still had two bodies in it.  :yike:
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Re: Old Logging Camps
« Reply #15 on: December 06, 2010, 11:24:42 AM »
coll topic, i have never found any camps or mines, but would love to someday. it would defiantly be worth the hike just to go find one of these places, im gona have to look into that this summer.
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Re: Old Logging Camps
« Reply #16 on: December 06, 2010, 11:29:02 AM »
I've come across a few mining camps in the Olympics.  About the only item I find remaining from logging is big steel cables.  I usually follow them up a hill and find old forgotten logging roads.  My guess is that because the timber generally had roads to haul the logs out, that they took their equipment too.
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Re: Old Logging Camps
« Reply #17 on: December 06, 2010, 11:41:48 AM »
Lots of old railroad grades that I've found have ruminant's of the trestles left.

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« Reply #18 on: December 06, 2010, 11:42:54 AM »
My family's Tree farm was once a logging camp (Soule's logging camp) here is a link providing some info on it. My Grandpa has spent a lot of time researching the old camp and has a lot of artifacts that were left there.

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Re: Old Logging Camps
« Reply #19 on: December 06, 2010, 11:58:26 AM »
I have found several steam donkey remnants in SW WA and a couple in NW OR.  One still has the steam engine, pulleys, and cabling.  The two main logs were in remarkable condition under a 12" mat of moss. 
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Re: Old Logging Camps
« Reply #20 on: December 06, 2010, 11:58:46 AM »
There is a side road off of stampede pass that is "paved" with old cedar trees. It may have been a rail grade but, I'm guessing it was a skid road to the rail grade closer to Lester. Three years ago it was about covered in alders. I imagine it will not be visible by now or completely hidden soon.
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Re: Old Logging Camps
« Reply #21 on: December 06, 2010, 12:04:36 PM »
Not with mules but many that were old railroad logging camps.

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« Reply #22 on: December 06, 2010, 12:06:03 PM »
Carbonado area has a bunch of shafts and tunnels.  I have a couple of pics at home of the collapsed tunnels showing on the surface after they logged the area across the highway from town.  I remember my dad talking about them finding shaft entrances on the top of Windgate hill when they logged that.  

I also remember visiting Camp 2, 5 and 7 at St Regis.  Camp 2 was just a wide spot.  Camp 5 still had buildings and Camp 7 had a building or 2.  

Growing up my grandparents got to know a guy that talked about taking mules to the the coal mines below Carbonado.  Wish I'd paid more attention.
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Re: Old Logging Camps
« Reply #23 on: December 07, 2010, 12:20:04 PM »
never ran into one myself. Would love to see one or a old trappers cabin when I'm out in the woods.

This is a trappers cabin that my cousin and myself found at a high elevation on a ridge over looking an incredible valley. It had a pair of really old moccasins in a tin can at the door. I find the roof interesting because the shingles run all of the way from top to bottom in one piece. It is old and small but I bet it has a lot of history to it.

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Re: Old Logging Camps
« Reply #24 on: December 07, 2010, 01:44:20 PM »
That one is cool Woodman..  That is in extremely good shape.

I do know of an 'A' frame that a guy lives in in Sierra Pacific land. I haven't been back there for years. I used to take him a pack of smokes when I hunted blacktail in his neck of the woods. He told me about another guys cabin but assured me that I would not be welcome on his ridge.

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