Goodyear L. Co. 1914 - 1923
Bloedel Donovan
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In 1914 Goodyear Logging Company bought out the old Robinson Logging Company in Sekiu. Goodyear determined however that Robinson's mainline was too steep for them and that
there had to be a better way to access the timber. Goodyear found their way in by following Clallam Bay into the town of Clallam Bay, turning south and following the Clallam River until
Blowder Creek and then turning up Blowder Creek and tying in with Robinson's old lines on the south side of Charlie Creek. They established Camp #1 about a half mile south of the
Charlie Creek trestle. This camp served several spurs heading up the headwaters of Charlie Creek and around Blowder Creek.
Unfortunately, there was still some timber left on the north side of Charlie Creek, and it would take awhile to build around and up Blowder Creek so Goodyear found themselves having
to cross the bridge a few times still. It might have been from this time that the story of train crews not wanting to ride across the old trestle came about. As the story goes, the crew would
stop the train on one side of the trestle and one person would start walking across. When the individual reach about three quarters of the way across, someone that was still with the
locomotive would crack the throttle a little so that the locomotive would ever so slowly begin crossing the trestle while they stayed behind. When the locomotive reached the other side,
the person who had proceeded the locomotive would stop the engine and wait for the others to cross the trestle on foot.
They continued logging in the Blowder drainage until it was cut out. They then continued the mainline up the Clallam River up out of the valley and into the hills. This lasted until
October of 1923 when Bloedel Donovan Lumber Mills purchased the Goodyear operations, including 15,000 acres of partially logged land containing 600 million feet of standing timber.
The part of the Goodyear mainline along the Clallam River until it turned to the west was converted into the Clallam Bay Southern by Bloedel Donovan, and extended further south.
Camp 1:
These are old soup and meat bones lying near the dump on the downhill side from the kitchen. (7/28/10)
Although difficult to tell, this is an old bucket lying next to the soup bones shown below.(7/28/10)
WADNR archaeologist Lee Stilson holding up part of a pair of suspenders.(7/28/10)
These three drain pipes mark the spot where the kitchen used to be. The kitchen was the most northern building in the camp. Not shown in the photo is another drain pipe to the right. The dishes and
bottles shown above are just downhill from this location.(7/28/10)
A heavy duty bucket lying in the southwest part of camp.(7/28/10)
In this photo you can see a bottle neck, a vial, a comb, and some tar paper roofing from one of the shacks. All of the buildings in this camp were built on skids.(7/28/10)
An old woman's shoe found among the tanner's pile. (7/28/10)
One thing is for certain, this camp has already been gone through a couple of times since the end of operations. All of
the china shown here, like the bottles, have been placed on logs and stumps for about 80 feet in an arc from where the
kitchen once stood. Note the marks on the china.(7/28/10)
Lee Stilson and Craig Magnuson examining some of the bottle fragments found around the site.(7/28/10)
A couple of cooking pots lie on the ground amongst the china.(7/28/10)
An old coffee pot and can lying next to the pots shown above.(7/28/10)
A mixture of class and china lying a little bit away from the rest of the stuff.(7/28/10)
This leather glove is quite extraordinary, and I have never seen one like it. If you look carefully, you'll see that it used to have corks imbeded in it. There are two for the middle finger, two for the ring
finger, and four on the thumb. I do not know if this individual was missing the two aforementioned fingers or they have rotted off. It is clear that these corks are here to help get a good grip on some
kind of tool on a typical wet day.(7/28/10)
From all of the leather and cloth shown here, this used to be the tanner's garbage area. It is remarkable how good of shape these are in. When we were visiting
the site we hypothesized that it may be the years of oil that soaked into these and were also rubbed in to help protect from the rain. Note the flannel shirt that is
still in somewhat good shape, as well as the batteries and file.(7/28/10)
The is the main non-industrial dump area of the camp. As you can see, there is a hodgepodge of items lying around.
Also, this pile, along with the tanner's and kitchen all form a line parallel with the line of bunks that were just
Clallam Bay Southern
Mainline West From Blowder Creek:
Mainline Up Blowder Creek:
Looking at a throughcut on the east side of the S. Fork of Charley Creek crossing.(7/03/08)
A couple of really cool old stumps along the grade about a quarter of a mile west with the split from the mainline.(7/03/08)
I don't know what this rim belongs to, but it was found along the mainline just south of Camp 1.(7/03/08)
Although not exactly where it was found, this double bit axe head was found just a little bit away from the rim shown above.(5/08/08)
Robinson Logging Company