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Created 1/21/06
U.S. Logging Company
AKA Western Lumber & Export Company 1919-1924
This logging company began construction of their logging railroad in 1915 by expanding rails past Rujada and the end
of the Oregon & Southeastern Railroad. The railroad was a stepchild of the J.H. Champers Logging Company and the
Brown Lumber Company. The power for the company rails was generated by a three truck shay, number 9. The camp
for this line was located at Rujada, which is now a Forest Service Campground. The line followed and crossed Laying
Creek at four times, for roughly five miles past Rujada. There was also a branch line that switchbacked at least five
times up the ridgeline on the north side of Laying Creek. These swithcbacks followed Prather Creek and East Fork
Prather Creek before ending. U.S. Logging Company was purchased by Western Lumber & Export Company in 1919.
In 1924, the company went into receivership due to an increase in freight rates and a drop in timber prices, and the
railroad was abandoned. Today much of the grades can still be seen. All of the switchback spur has been converted
into logging roads. These grades comprise part of Forest Service road 1721 and the first few spurs off of it. The
mainline up Laying Creek has been relatively untouched. Part of the grade has been converted into Forest Service
Road 1745, and FS road 17 before it climbs out of the Laying Creek Canyon.
Concrete footing and grade of U.S. Logging Company crossing Laying Creek
from USFS RD 17 approx. 1.3mi east of USFS RD 1721. (7/16/00)
Remaining trestle piling across Laying Creek on the south side. Once across the trestle, the grade
becomes USFS RD 1745. Driving piling in the creek seems to have worked here. However, on the next
crossing, drills had to be used in the rock, in conjunction with cement to hold the pilings in place.
Another shot of the same remaining piling as above. (7/16/00)
This unknown piece of broken metal was found at the above trestle site. (7/16/00)
"Logging Railroads Of The West" by Kramer Adams
"Bohemia: The lives and Times Of An Oregon Timber Venture" by Michael Thoele
"The Oregon Pacific & Eastern Railway" by Fred Stindt
Concrete footing crossing Laying Creek from the south side of the creek to  
USFS RD 17 approx. 1.3mi east of USFS RD 1721. (9/1/06)
Part of a pile of coal that was found around the pilings of the trestle pictured above. It is unclear if this
came from a wreck or if there was just too much coal piled up in a hopper or locomotive. However, since
this area is untouched it is clear that it came from the railroad. (9/2/07)
This is one of the things I wished I had photographed when I first
visited the area. These are the pilings of a very long but short
trestle running along the forest floor between Laying Creek and
USFS RD 17, taking off form the above photo. (9/2/07)
This view, taken from the north side of Laying Creek shows the same location as the above photo, but
shows both trestle tiers. (9/2/07)
I do not know the purpose of this pipe, but it was embedded in the rock beside the short grade on the
south side of Laying creek about 1.3 miles down USFS RD 17 from USFS RD 1721. (9/2/07)
This cable was laying against the rock on the west sided of the short section of grade on the trestle from
USFS RD 17 to the south side of Laying creek . (9/2/07)
Here are some trestle spikes embedded in concrete in the rock for the trestle from USFS RD 17 to the
south side of Laying Creek. This was necessary due to the solid rock. (9/2/07)
This is part of the log boom that protected the trestle from Laying Creek, on the trestle from
the short section of track on the south side to the north side of the creek. A very long but
short trestle took off from this. (9/2/07)
Looking down at the concrete tier on the south side of Laying Creek for the trestle from USFS RD 17 to
the short section of grade on the south side of the creek. (9/2/07)