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Valley & Siletz Railway Part II
Created 6/17/07
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Valsetz
Looking at old Valsetz and Valsetz lake. Valsetz lake is the lower area of alders in the center of the
picture. The town of Valsetz was located on the right hand side of the alders where the large yellow
building and coniferous trees are. The big yellow building was used by Boise Cascade for equipment
storage. (10/95)
Foggy shot of old van parked at old homestead site next to Send Creek. Although no pictures are here
of the total remains of the Homestead. It starts with the last trees of the old orchard at the junction with
the 1350 Road and the Falls City-Valsetz Road. All the way up the road to the van and steps are an old
fence on both sides of the road, and pieces of equipment on the right side of the road. The last thing is
the van and the steps leading up from the creek marking the old site of the house. (11/5/00)
Here is one of the old gates in the fence line on the west side of the road that used to lead to one of the
old fields. The fence line is on both sides of the 1350 Road. (11/5/00)
Here is a blurry shot of the van at the old homestead site. (11/5/00)
Here are the steps that used to lead up to the house from Send Creek. Unfortunately, I could not find any
foundations for the house, just the steps. (11/5/00)
Sources:
"Diesel Logging Locomotives" by John Taubeneck, Pete Replinger, Patrick Hind, & John Henderson:
     
Tall Timber Short Lines vol. 4, #11
"Logging Railroads Of The West" by Kramer Adams
"Lumber Ghosts" by Kenneth Erickson
"The Southern Pacific In Oregon" by Ed Austin & Tom Dill
"Stations West, The Story of Oregon Railways" by Edwin Culp
"The Valley & Siletz Speeder Number 2" by James Spears:
TimberTimes #2.
Although not along the railroad, these three power poles can be seen as you start to climb up the hill
towards Valsez from the Luckiamute River Valley. These power poles once brought electricity to Valsetz.
Today, I know of only a handful that still stand like these. (6/94)
Another one of the power poles that used to lead to Valsetz. This one stands by itself in a draw, about
three miles up the 1400 Road. (4/6/97)
I first discovered this wrecked boxcar in the summer of 1994, when this picture was taken. I won't say
exactly where this is, only that it is on the section of grade from the last crossing of the Luckiamute River
to Camp Walker. This wreck probably occurred close to the end of operations, which is why it is not
scrapped. Note the size of the trees in this clearcut, probably 3 years old, and the missing frame from the
car. (6/94)
Just down the hill, the cut-up frame of the boxcar can be seen. This is just one of the sections. Note that
the couplers and trucks have been stripped out. Also note the detached door laying nearby. (6/94)
I visited the site of the wrecked boxcar again in 2000. Note how much the trees have grown in those past
6 years. The brush was so thick on the downhill side that we didn't venture down the hill to look for the
rest of the car. Note though that without the frame the boxcar shell is collapsing and is all but completely
flattened. (11/5/00)
The end of a successful railroad grade hunt: a hunter and his trophy. My friend Ammon with the wrecked
boxcar. The rifles are because those grades can be sneaky and elusive, when you're tracking one
through the brush it can just disappear in front of your eyes. Note between Ammon's right shoulder and
the frame, the branches of a hemlock can be seen. Unfortunately, this was the last shot on the roll of film,
but the hemlock was growing out of a hole in the side of the car, and was taller than the car. (11/5/00)
This cut down power pole was found laying near the tracks just east of the Valsetz town boundary. (
A close-up of the insulator on the fallen power pole. (
Pieces of metal such as these are scattered all over the old mill site. (
This rail is the only one that I know of that exists on the whole V&S line. It was found buried in a fill across
a small creek just inside the town limits. It is possible, judging by the fact that this rail is cut, that it was
cast in the fill at some point in time and forgotten. (
These next three photos show the items found at one of the old house locations on the southeast side of
town. In this one, you can see a brick and some window pane glass. (
Finally, here are some solid steel rods near the house site. (
This is actually a small cement pipe that was laying unearthed at the old house site. (