November 22, 2014

1938 Bordeaux Washington Old Growth Logs

I found a couple additional Bordeaux – Mason County Logging Photos this week and want to share them with those of you following the history of Bordeaux, Washington on this blog.

My dad (William Gale Yates) would probably be able to tell you who the man is in this photo, but I’m sorry to say, I cannot.  Judging by the size of the photo and it’s age I do think it’s very likely that my dad took the photo. He always had his trusty Leica camera with him.  The caption on the back of the photo, written by my dad reads:

Mason County Logging Company at Bordeaux Wn.  Logged near Fuzzy Top in Capital Forest. 1938  Trucked by Betcher Trucking Aberdeen.

As you can see from the map above, Old Fuzzy Top was at about 1700 feet of elevation.  That doesn’t sound like much until you look at the Douglas fir log above and how hard it must have been to get that monster felled, cut in ‘manageable’ pieces and brought to the yard at Bordeaux to be milled.  The small map in this article was taken from a larger one of the whole Capitol Forest supplied by the Dept. of Natural Resources, WA State.

No matter how you feel about logging old growth trees now, this is what happened in 1938.  The back of this photo reads:

Logs taken out at Bordeaux, WN by Mason County Logging Co. About 1938 – Near Cedar Creek.  Trucked by Betcher Trucking, Aberdeen.

I believe what my dad was saying was that this log was hauled out of the woods near Cedar Creek and driven on logging roads by Betcher Trucking to the mill at Bordeaux.  I’m not sure of the spelling of the trucking company name.  It could have two t’s.

By no means is that log one of the biggest ever harvested, but for the times I would think it was thought of as pretty good sized.  I suppose someone could tell how old it is by looking at the photo…someone other than me!

You might also like to read:

A Visit To Old Bordeaux

This was Logging in Washington State

1904 Death on the Tracks in Bordeaux, Washington

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