Carlsborg Mill & Timber Co. 1916-1942
Created 6/11/11
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These two pictures show the crib base of the trestle on the east side of the creek
crossing.(01/14/11)
These three pictures show the piling, and drift pin, for the trestle across the
east fork of McDonald Creek.(01/14/11)
My buddy Jeff Happe in one of the throughcuts past the trestle. On this trip we just explored to the first
junction past the trestle. The junction is with the cut across spur and lies about 250 feet past the end of
the trestle across the East Fork of McDonald Creek.(01/14/11)
A very nice springboarded stump just above the trestle.(01/14/11)
The East Fork of McDonald Creek crossing was an interesting trestle. The only remains are on the east side of the
creek, but I would assume that the west side was a mirror of the east. Rather than coming on the trestle straight on, the
curve was too sharp so they had to switchback to cross the trestle. A tail track was built up a small fork of the creek just
south of the crossing, which the train would pull onto and the switch would be thrown so that it could continue on
across the trestle.  The trestle was pilings when it left the roadbed until near the edge of the creek where a log crib was
constructed to hold the actual stringers to cross the creek. Once on the other side of the creek, the grade went back
into pilings and then back to roadbed.
The Carlsborg Mill & Timber Company was started in 1915 by C.J. Erickson. Erickson was a very wealthy construction
magnate and had purchased a large tract of timber in the Lost Mountain area and decided to build his mill next to the
Seattle, Port Angeles, and Western Tracks. Construction of the mill began in August of 1915 and Erickson decided to
name the mill and the company after Karlsborg in Sweden, where he had worked when he was younger. Tracks were
laid heading in a SSW direction until they began running along side of McDonald Creek. From here, they continued
branching in all directions. The main mill, shingle mill, and log pond were constructed on an 87 acre site, with a growing
company town around it. Initially the mill was designed to have a daily output of 50mbf, but would later be upgraded to
produce 100mbf. In the mid 1930's Erickson sold the mill due to a declining market to a five way partnership consisting
of Lou Hubbard, W. Washburn, Victor Soderberg, Nichols, and Trumbull. However, in 1936 they sold the mill to a
Seattle firm who intended to scrap out the mill. On January 1st, 1937 the mill was reopened as Lawrence McLellan,
Harry O'Donnell, and William Westover had purchased it and saved it from scrapping out. They operated it until 1942
when it was sold to Crescent Logging Company. With most of the timber in the Lost Mountain area cut over, Crescent
decided to feed the mill with logs from their Sol Duck holdings via the Port Angeles and Western, and truck in anything
else. The Carlsborg tracks were torn up and the lines were abandoned. The mill itself would continue to operate
through various owners until 1967, when it was closed for good and razed. The mill pond was filled in and became a
trailer park.
References:
Ghost Camps & Boom Towns by JoAnn Roe. Montevista Press 1995.
Jimmy Come Lately by Jervis Russel. Clallam County Historical Society 1971.
Logging Railroads of the West by Kramer Adams. Superior Publishing Company 1961
A rusted piece of donkey water supply pipe found above the grade past the second trestle.(071/16/10)
The second trestle past where the mainline leaves the road is collapsed, but still discernible as the picture
shows.(07/16/10)
This spike was found in the grade just past the first trestle, after the mainline leaves the road. There is
absolutely no remains of this first trestle.(07/16/10)
Mainline:
The mainline for the Carlsborg Mill & Timber Company left Carlsborg and traveled SSW until it joined the L-1210 road.
From here, it traveled the L-1210 road to the L-1000 road. It then proceeded down the L-1000 road for about 2 miles,
give or take, to where it left the L-1000. From here the grade goes undisturbed except for a motorcycle trail and a
house to McDonald Creek Proper.
Cut Across Spur:
For reasons unknown, Carlsborg M&T built a spur line shortly after crossing the East Fork of McDonald Creek that
leaves the mainline heading due south and meets back up with the mainline on private property at the end of Lost
Mountain  Road. The photos below show the first throughcut on this line and a shot of the grade. Unfortunately, this
line is covered in blowdown and brush making it hard to see or find anything.(05/06/11)
This spike was found in the grade just before a short siding, past the junction with the cut across
spur.(05/06/11)
This nice throughcut lies about 750 feet past the intersection with the cut across grade.(05/06/11)
View showing the siding on the mainline past the junction with the cut across spur.(05/06/11)
These show 4 separate throughcuts on the mainline as it goes
from heading from the SW to the SE. Unfortunately, the
throughcuts are about the only indication of a grade as there are
no remnants of the trestles.(05/06/11)
These tie striations were found between the first two throughcuts shown above.(05/06/11)
Bolt and nut found in the grade in a dogleg in the alignment as the grade makes its turn.(05/06/12)
Last throughcut before the mainline enters private property and rejoins the cut across spur, and then
crosses Lost Mountain Road.(05/06/11)
Although not part of the grade, this is the top of the South Fork of McDonald Creek falls.(05/06/11)
This springboarded stump sits above the prior mentioned creek. You could not pay me enough to have
stood out there on a springboard and cut it down.(05/06/11)
This picture shows the mainline about 3,000 feet past the Lost Mountain Road crossing. As you can see,
the grade south of here was turned into a road. When I was on it, it was in terrible shape.(05/06/11)
McDonald Creek Spur:
This spur takes off just after the mainline crosses Lost Mountain Road. It runs due west to just above McDonald Creek,
at which point it turns with the creek and starts running to the SE until it ends. It too has been turned into a motorcycle
trail for a while and also has no evidence of the trestles that used to exist on it.
These are pictures of 4 separate throughcuts lying between the
start of the grade and the unknown piece of metal shown
below.(05/06/11)
Although I've seen this before, I do not know what it is. It was found
in a landing location about a mile down the spur from its
beginning.(05/06/11)
This spike has obviously been pulled and lies about 1,000 feet past the unknown piece of metal shown
above.(05/06/11)
This is the throughcut lies about 1,700ft past the spike shown above. By this point the grade sits above
McDonald Creek and is turning to the south.(05/06/11)
Nice shot looking down the grade. McDonald Creek lies at the base of the slope.(05/06/11)
Looking to the NW at a nice rock cut that they had to do to make the grade fit through here.(05/06/11)
A pin from a "link and pin" coupling system found in the middle of the grade about 2,000 feet from the
pulled spike shown above and 2.500 feet from the end of the spur.(05/06/11)