Flora Logging Company
Created 1/28/06
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AKA Carlton Consolidated Lumber Company 1910-1923
Flora Logging Company began operations in 1923 and lasted until 1940(Logging Railroads Of The West by Kramer Adams). When I first
began visiting this line I was surprised at how much of it still remained. Part of the reason for this was that the company went through the
first Tillamook Burn in 1933. This fire destroyed most of the railroad and Camp 1. Following the fire the company rebuilt, except for Camp 1.
Until half of the camp area was logged in 2001, you could walk through the area and it was just like it was following the fire. Some of the
pictures from the camp are shown below. Sadly, I didn't take more photos before it was logged. Other than this, there is still a lot of the
railroad that was left out there. The grades of Flora Logging Company ran within Yamhill, Tillamook, and Washington Counties during its
operations. The line connected to that of the Carlton & Coast Railroad in two different places. The reason for this is unknown, but could
have something to do with the Tillamook Burns. The eventual destination for the logs was a millpond just west of Carlton.
Fairchild's Creek Mainline to Camp 2
One of the few trestles of the Flora Lgg. Co. that is still up. This trestle is one of two that I know about for all of Flora's operations.
The reason for its existence is that it exists on an undisturbed section of the grade after it crossed Fairchild's Creek(3/28/00)
This pile of rail joiners is also on the same grade as the trestle. There were a few piles of rail joiners, spikes, and plates here.
The same kind that can be seen at the scrapping of any railroad. (3/28/00)
Here is a pile of rail plates that are right beside the pile of rail joiners. Again, it is difficult to tell if this is an original pile from the
scrappers, or the gatherings of an enthusiast. By the amount of forest litter on top, I would assume that they are from the
scrappers, but I could be wrong.(3/28/00)
Although difficult to see, in this picture there are two metal spikes sticking up. This, and a pile of debris, are all that remains
of the northern trestle that crossed Fairchild's Creek. (3/28/00)
An apology for the blurriness, but this is a picture of a spike in a rail plate that strangely enough marks the switchback
between the grade in its double crossing of Fairchild's Creek. (3/28/00)
Camp 2 To Barney Resevoir, Camp 5, and Beyond
Although not readily known, the mainline north of Camp 2, or Neverstill, lies below what is now Barney Reservoir. This artificial lake provides
water for Hillsboro by means of a pipeline from the lake. Unfortunately, not all of the grades are visible, even when the water is at a low. The
pictures here of the spur at the bottom of the lake was taken in 2001 when the Army Corps Of Engineers miscalculated the spring runoff
and let too much water out of all of the lakes in Oregon during this year. Unfortunately, there wasn't much left at Camp 5 either. The only
things that could be found there were an old donkey sled that had been driven over by a cat and an old iron. The grades that ran through
camp were also visible as well. The area had been recently thinned when I was there so anything else was probably buried.
This rail joiner was found on the spur that followed one of the creeks that used to flow into the Middle Fork of the North Fork
of the Trask River. (8/7/01)
Here is some cable that still lies wrapped around a stump above the spur at the bottom of Barney Reservoir. (8/7/01)
Here is a shot looking down at an old through-cut in the spur. Years of water movement have knocked the other side down a
little bit. (8/7/01)
Here are my friends Mike and Joe at what appears to be the remains of the cement mixing facility that was used to build the dam
and spillway at Barney Reservoir. On the left you can clearly see a foundation that stands on a cement pad. There was also
pieces of washed cement laying about, a hose nozzle, rocks that don't belong in the coast range, and you can see the crushed
rock road in the bottom of the picture. (8/7/01)
Here is another shot of Mike and Joe on the concrete foundation on the pad at the bottom of Barney Reservoir. (8/7/01)
An apology for the blurriness for the picture, but the metal rod in the picture is evidence of this donkey sled. This is one of two
that was found immediately after the grade crossed the Tualatin River. (8/7/01)
Camp 2 To Camp One
A brake shoe on the right and a possible camp car block on the left are part of the large amount of remains at Camp One.
These two are on the south side of the mainline. (3/28/00)
This picture shows some of the piping that was pushed off of the road on the south side at Camp One. (3/28/00)
Here is a bent piece of rail that was also pushed to the south side of the road at Camp One. To some extent, the cat's blade
marks can still be seen in the bent parts of the rail. (3/28/00)
An apology for the blurriness, but this is another of what looks like a camp car block laying on the south side of the road at
Camp One. (3/28/00)
Honestly, I have no idea what this is. Although, the fact that there were some other broken kitchen dishes by it leads me to
believe that it may have been a strainer of some kind, but I doubt it. It was also on the south side of the road at Camp One.
Once again, an apology for the blurriness. This is one of several sets of box springs and bed frames that litter the south side
of the road. (3/28/00)
This rail wheel, spring, and axle attachment seem too small to be for a rail car and must be instead for a speeder or such.
This was on the north side of the road at Camp One. (3/28/00)
The shape, mounting brackets, and rubber seal show that this is actually a locomotive headlamp that was left behind at
Camp One. (3/28/00)
This brake shoe was also found at Camp One. (3/28/00)
This is my friend Ammon holding up what appears to be the grab handle from a railcar at Camp One. (3/28/00)
Although it might not seem that interesting, this notched stump near the center of Camp One has an interesting story to it. It is one of the few
places within the area of the first Tillamook Burn that the actions of men can be easily seen. To the south of this stump lies a donkey sled that
had just crossed the mainline, which is now the road, and is lying up the cut bank a little ways, and was tied off to this. It would appear that a
donkey crew was either trying to move their machine to safety at Camp One, or load it on a flat car when they received the order to leave, and left
their machine there. (3/28/00)
Here is a shot of the front part of the sled from the notched stump. Obviously, when the scrappers came through after the
fire, they removed the metal boiler and drums of the donkey, although a gear was found nearby. (3/28/00)
Here is another shot of the donkey sled looking back towards the mainline that it had just crossed. Notice the crossbeams in
the picture. (3/28/00)
This last shot of the donkey sled is looking back toward the stump that it was tied off to. (3/28/00)
These asphalt tie striations are the result of the years of locomotive or switch grease or oil, and th heat from the first
Tillamook Burn. This particular location is on the wye at Camp One. (3/28/00)
This cut log, which was just north of the old road that went through Camp One on its north side, seems to be a bench of some
sort. The fact that there are two small steel spikes at each cut in the log leads me to believe this. Also, this log was at least
100ft from the donkey doctor area of the camp, and the spikes are not in the cut like a normal donkey sled. (3/28/00)
Here is a close-up of one of the cuts in this log and the spikes behind it. The spikes could have been for a backrest of sorts. (3/28/00)
An apology for the blurriness, but this is a short ceramic pipe with a wire mesh wrapped around it. I have no idea what the
usage for this would be other than maybe wastewater or drinking water movement. (3/28/00)
This is one of the cook pots that was found at Camp One. (3/28/00)
Here is one half of a donkey sled at the donkey doctor's at Camp One. This sled looks as if it was in the middle of being
dismantled when the call came to abandon camp in the Tillamook Burn. (3/28/00)
Here is the other half of the dismantled donkey sled at the donkey doctor's at Camp One. It is possible that the old donkey
sleds that were changed out here were cut up for firewood for the camp. Notice though, that unlike the log shown above, the
metal spikes of this donkey sled are in the cut grooves of the log. (3/28/00)
Here is another donkey sled that was found at the donkey doctor's at Camp One. This one was in better shape than the
previous one. The retaining rods that run underneath the crossbeams of a donkey sled can be seen. (3/28/00)
Here is the last donkey sled at the donkey doctor's, making three. Notice that this one has thicker bolts to hold the
crossbeams in place. (3/28/00)
To Pt.2 of Flora Logging Company