Chas K. Spaulding Lumber Company
Created 12/22/08
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Mill:
This is the old log stringer bridge that was built after the railroad and mill, for logging the hills behind it.
Today, it is rotting away like the mill site.
Here is an early view of the old mill pilings that criss cross the creek on the upstream side of the log
stringer bridge.
Looking at the mill pilings from the flat housing area for the mill. The log
stringer bridge is just behind the group of alder in the upper left of the first
photo. The current end of the road where the grade left it can be seen in the
upper center of the first and third photo.
This old block was found sitting in the stream following the flooding in 2006.
These spikes were driven into logs that were buried and placed up against the hill bank, to
anchor the mill structure to the hillside. Boards and beams would have connected the pilings
to the logs.
This is a large pile-up of dirt and rocks where the two small creeks come together. Here you can see the
floor of the old mill that was buried. It is the solid black line in the mound. It is not certain if this structure
burned or not. It could be that the blackness of the pieces of wood pulled out of here came from being
buried.
An old pipe running around in the creek.
This is one of two rails found along the creek to the right. One was on each side. Both had pegs running
down their lengths. In this photo you can see one in the middle of the pic. It would seem that these pegs
attached these rails to beams, and it is more than likely that the carriage ran along them.
Here you can see a small folded metal band with a couple of spikes in it and a long metal
spike like a piling cap spike. I don't know what this piece of metal was for, it is pretty thick,
1/2 inch. I don't know if this was folded before or after the mill time.
This is a huge piece of metal, which looks like a giant spring. It's scrunched up length like it is, is between
5 and 6 feet.
These three views show the same large metal band as  the picture above.
All along the right creek canyon you can find these stumps with cable wrapped around them within the mill
area. I'm not sure if these were for the mill or if they were for when the hills were logged.
These rails, at the first switchback on the line to the mill were dug up when a
little patch of timber was logged and a short portion of this grade was used as a
landing.
When I first came upon this line and the mill, I thought that it was the Great Western Lumber Company's line. It always
struck me as odd that they would have to mills. However, according to "Timber Up The Luckiamute", this is actually C.K.
Spaulding's Black Rock operations.