K-P T. Co. 1925 - 1938
These pilings belong to the upper grade of the mainline, just to the west of the first
This broken piece of rail was found in the tail track for the first switchback just past the junction of the two
These stove pieces were found in the tail track of the switchback about 300ft down from the junction of
the two grades. There wasn't a camp here, so this stove was probably brought up to warm the crew up on
a cold day.
Horseshoe Creek Area:
Buster Camp To First Main Junction:
I'm not exactly sure about this one, but according to the fire maps of 1937, there was another K-P mainline that split off
of the Kerry Line between Christiansen's camp and the C.& N.R's crossing of Deep Creek. It crossed over Deep Creek
on a large trestle itself, and then climbed out of the canyon on 18 trestles to the wye southeast of Buster Camp. A ways
past the wye is split into several different spurs and mainlines, and tied into Buster Camp on two separate grades. This
line appears on the K-P map I have of their grades south of Buster Camp. I've walked most of it, but not the tie into the
C.& N. R. RR. The line appears to have been built to lesser construction specifications for K-P. None of the trestles
were standing, having been caught in a fire long, long ago. For all intents and purposes here, I'm talking about the
section of grade between the wye and the connection with the Columbia & Nehalem River RR.
This was the last area logged by KP and the last show of the Kerry Line. KP established a camp near the mouth of
Horseshoe Creek. They ran the line up the creek and swithbacked a couple of times to get to the timber. When KP was
done logging this area in 1938 they closed the line. The following year they abandoned the entire line thus bringing the
history of the Kerry Line to an end. Since this was their last line, when they pulled out they didn't care what was left
since they would not need it, and it wasn't economical to go back and get it. Some may remember a few years ago
when the torpedo was found in this area when ODF went back and logged and thinned it.
The K-P Timber Company was a partnership of the Knappton Mills Company and the Peninsula Lumber Company. The
partnership was formed on September 4, 1925 with the intent of acquiring the Kerry Line. They were successful on
September 11th of that year. The sale included the Columbia & Nehalem River Railroad, the log dump at Kerry, Kerry
Timber Company rolling stock, locomotives, land, equipment, timber, & camps. The terms of the sale consisted of
monthly payments to the Kerry interests by K-P of $3.50/mbf of logs sold, $0.90/mbf of logs hauled over the railroad,
and $0.90/mbf for logs hauled by other operators on the line by the railroad. Payments were due on the 20th of the
subsequent month with interest at 4%. Also, K-P had to remove at least 25Mmbf/year. At the time of the sale Kerry had
approximately 475Mmbf of uncut timber. The contract also called for all of the timber to be cut within eight years of the
sale regardless of the annual cut.
At the time of the sale Robert Shaw was the general manager for operations, having started in 1921 when Albert S.
Kerry stepped down. He continued until 1927. Albert's brother Almon A. Kerry was the woods superintendent, but
resigned when K-P bought out Kerry. He was replaced by Oliver Byerly. Despite these changes, everything else was
the same. The Columbia & Nehalem River portion of the line still had some passengers riding it to the SP&S
interchange at Kerry. Even the nickname of the Kerry Line stuck until K-P finished operations.
Following the Kerry purchase, K-P continued logging from east to west, south of Buster Camp, eventually reaching
Green Mountain and overlooking Oregon American's operations.
When K-P finished with this area around 1933, they pulled up the tracks to operations to Blodgett Company lands
directly west of the Noyes Holland grades. At this point the Kerry Line left the Nehalem Valley. K-P established just one
camp called Horseshoe camp and built lines up the creek and throughout the timber. All of this ended in 1938 when
this timber was cut out. In 1939 the rest of the track from Horseshoe Camp to the dump was abandoned and the K-P
Timber Company was liquidated thus ending the life of both the Kerry Line and K-P.