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Sawdust Memories: 1936

Sawdust Memories: 1936

July 1936. "One of the largest sawmills in the world. Employs many of the Resettlement Administration homesteaders at Longview, Cowlitz County, Washington." Medium format negative by Arthur Rothstein for the Resettlement Administration. View full size.


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Long-Bell Lumber Company

Never burned down which is a major disappointment to me.

Here is a snip about how the town got its name.

"When Long-Bell applied for a post office, the U.S. Postal Service advised that there already was a “Long View, Washington,” and rejected the request. The company discovered that Long View was a flag stop on the Spokane, Portland & Seattle Railroad in Benton County, servicing only three rural families. After negotiations, the community agreed to relinquish the name “Long View” if Long-Bell would build them a covered platform, at a cost of $25, to protect the mail sacks thrown from passing trains. The name “Longview” in Cowlitz County became official in January 1923, with the establishment of a U.S. Post Office there."

Here is link to a very interesting city history.

Got Wood?

Wooden walkways, wooden power poles, wooden water tank, wooden rail cars, wooden stanchions supporting a wooden bridge (with metal trusses); my question is, when did it all burn down?

On the way up

There seems to be a ladder leaning on or nailed to everything around. So far I haven't spotted a single set of good old stairs.

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