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  1. 1913 Holt Track-type Tractor Hauling Logs

    1913 Holt Track-type Tractor Hauling Logs - 1914

    This U. S.Reclamation Service tractor was used to haul logs to the lake at Kachess Dam, in Kittitas County, Washington. Learn More
  2. A Family Visits Their Mine

    A Family Visits Their Mine - c. 1905

    Visiting Dad at his workplace is not a new idea, as shown by this hundred-year-old photo of a wife and children visiting these two men at their mine. Learn More
  3. A Logging Foreman Admires his Crew's Output - Ford

    A Logging Foreman Admires his Crew's Output - c. 1898

    Almost lost in the center of this giant pile of toothpicks is the foreman of the logging operation, posing on top of one of many large logs awaiting transport to a mill. Learn More
  4. A Seed Store in Washington State

    A Seed Store in Washington State - c. 1900

    They're ready for business at the seed store, as long as you have cash, though I'm not too sure about that fellow in the middle. Learn More
  5. Barracks Row, U. S. Military Post, Vancouver, Washington - Eddy

    Barracks Row, U. S. Military Post, Vancouver, Washington - 1931

    These buildings of Barracks Row are across the parade grounds from the better-known Officers Row at Vancouver Barracks. Learn More
  6. Blockhouse at Upper Cascades, Columbia River - Davidson

    Blockhouse at Upper Cascades, Columbia River - c. 1885

    Built in 1856, this blockhouse was only used for a few years but lasted for decades afterwards. The Cascades were a strategic military site during unrest between early settlers and the Native American inhabitants. Learn More
  7. Blockhouse, Upper Cascades - Corps of Royal Engineers

    Blockhouse, Upper Cascades, Columbia River - 1860

    Fort Lugenbeel, also known as the Upper Blockhouse, was built in 1856 after the "Cascades Massacre" of the Yakima Indian Wars occurred just downstream. Learn More
  8. Boating at Castle Rock - Weister

    Boating at Castle Rock - c. 1901

    Two properly attired women manage their rowboats in the foreground of this idyllic scene at Castle Rock, now known as Beacon Rock, on the Columbia River. Learn More
  9. Bucker Ready to Crosscut a Ten-foot Diameter Fir - Kinsey

    Bucker Ready to Crosscut a Ten-foot Diameter Fir - 1915

    A logger hard at work bucking a huge ten foot fir stands on a smaller six-foot fir, which the caption on the original photo tells us was "a half-buried windfall which had been down more than a hundred years". Learn More
  10. Building Haystacks with Horse-drawn Wagons

    Building Haystacks with Horse-drawn Wagons - c. 1900

    The six-man crew pauses to have their photo taken in the midst of constructing another in a row of haystacks, somewhere in eastern Washington. Learn More
  11. Camping at Indian Henry, near Mt Rainier - Curtis

    Camping at Indian Henry, near Mt Rainier - c. 1915

    A camping group awaits their meal in Indian Henry's Hunting Grounds, a meadow near the foot of Mt. Rainier. Learn More
  12. Cans of Salmon, Warren Packing Co., Cathlamet - Ford

    Cans of Salmon, Warren Packing Co., Cathlamet - c. 1900

    Several hundred thousand cans of salmon stand ready for shipment in the Warren cannery in Cathlamet, Washington. Learn More
  13. Cape Disappointment, Lighthouse & Cannon - Muybridge

    Cape Disappointment, Lighthouse & Cannon - 1871

    This photo of Cape Disappointment's lighthouse and cannon was taken by Eadweard Muybridge in spring of 1871, when he was hired by the Lighthouse Board to photograph lighthouses from Washington Territory to San Diego. Learn More
  14. Cape Horn - Haynes

    Cape Horn - 1880s

    A rowboat makes its way along the edge of Cape Horn, on the Washington side of the Columbia River. Learn More
  15. Cape Horn on the Columbia River - Meiser

    Cape Horn on the Columbia River - c. 1900

    This very detailed view of Cape Horn is reproduced from an original glass negative created by Oregon photographer Jesse A. Meiser in about 1900. Learn More
  16. Cape Horn, Columbia River - Near View - Davidson

    Cape Horn, Columbia River - Near View - 1870s

    This near view of Cape Horn shows several small waterfalls amid the pinnacles. Learn More
  17. Castle Rock - Meiser

    Castle Rock - c. 1900

    This highly detailed view of Castle Rock (now called Beacon Rock) was taken looking upstream from the north bank of the Columbia River by Vancouver photographer Jesse Meiser. Learn More
  18. Castle Rock from Oregon Side - Davidson

    Castle Rock from the Oregon Side - 1880s

    An unusual view of Castle Rock (now Beacon Rock) from across the Columbia River. Learn More
  19. Castle Rock, Near View - Davidson

    Castle Rock, Columbia River, Near View - c. 1878

    Now known as Beacon Rock, this striking feature is located near Skamamia on the northern side of the Columbia. Learn More
  20. Chief Joseph, Nez Perce - Curtis

    Chief Joseph, Nez Perce - c. 1903

    This portrait of Chief Joseph was copyrighted in 1903 by Edward S. Curtis. It was likely taken when Chief Joseph visited Curtis in November of 1903 at his studio in Seattle. Learn More
  21. Choker Setters at Work, Deep in the Woods - Ford

    Choker Setters at Work, Deep in the Woods - c. 1898

    Chokers are lengths of cable with a sliding bell that are wrapped around logs in the woods, to allow them to be pulled out to the yard. In the era of this photo, power was provided by a steam donkey. Learn More
  22. Climbing Paradise Glacier, Mt. Rainier - Curtis

    Climbing Paradise Glacier, Mt. Rainier - c. 1915

    A group of men and women work their way up Paradise Glacier on the southeast flank of Mt. Rainier. Learn More
  23. Closeup of a Double-drum Steam Donkey - Ford

    Closeup of a Double-drum Steam Donkey - c. 1898

    Steam donkeys acquired their name from their origin on sailing ships, where the "donkey" engine was a secondary engine used to load and unload cargo, or raise the larger sails. Learn More
  24. Closeup of Old Blockhouse at the Cascades - Hazeltine

    Closeup of Old Blockhouse at the Cascades - 1880s

    This closeup view shows how the solidly built blockhouse still persisted thirty years after it was abandoned. Learn More
  25. Colville Couple, with Winchester Rifle and River Otter Pelt

    Colville Couple, with Winchester Rifle and River Otter Pelt - c. 1895

    A couple poses outside their log house in ceremonial garb, including a breastplate worn by the man. Learn More
  26. Colville Mother and Child - Royal Engineers

    Colville Mother and Child - c. 1860

    This very early photo of a Colville mother and her infant child was taken by the Corps of Royal Engineers, likely near Spokane. Learn More
  27. Crew with Steam Donkey Powered Dragsaw

    Crew with Steam Donkey Powered Dragsaw - c. 1900

    This type of steam-powered crosscut saw, powered by a steam donkey, was called a dragsaw because it cut only on the drag stroke. Learn More
  28. Early Tepee and Canoe, Pend Oreille River - Royal Engineers

    Early Tepee and Canoe, Pend Oreille River - c. 1860

    A bark canoe and a reed-mat covered tepee sit across the Pend Oreille River from the British Northwest Boundary Commission's encampment near the Canadian border. Learn More
  29. Echo Bay and Falls, Columbia River - Haynes

    Echo Bay and Falls, Columbia River - 1880s

    This nicely-composed photo was created by Frank J. Haynes, who though based in Dakota Territory, traveled several times to Oregon to create a series of stereoviews. Learn More
  30. Fort Canby & "Big Betsy" Cannon - Meiser

    Fort Canby & "Big Betsy" Cannon - c. 1900

    "Big Betsy" was the nickname given to Fort Canby's 15-inch Rodman cannon, the largest of the fort's muzzle loading cannons. Learn More
  31. Fort Canby, Cape Disappointment - Crawford

    Fort Canby, Cape Disappointment - c. 1890

    Built during the Civil War to protect the mouth of the Columbia, the garrison buildings for what was initially called Fort Cape Disappointment were located on the protected bay side of of the southern end of Long Beach Peninsula. Learn More
  32. Fort Canby, From the Bay - Crawford

    Fort Canby, From the Bay - c. 1890

    This view of the southern part of the Fort Canby garrison also shows the extreme southern tip of Long Beach Peninsula, which divides Willapa Bay from the Pacific Ocean. Learn More
  33. Fort Canby, Showing Cannonballs - Davidson

    Fort Canby, Showing Cannonballs - c. 1885

    This view of Fort Canby in southern Washington gets close enough to show an intriguing detail -- cannonballs used as yard ornaments. Learn More
  34. Fort Canby, Washington Territory - Davidson

    Fort Canby, Washington Territory - 1880s

    Fort Canby at Cape Disappointment, on the Washington Territory side of the mouth of the Columbia River. Learn More
  35. General Isaac Stevens

    Gen. Isaac Stevens, First Governor of Washington Territory - c. 1861

    The first governor of Washington Territory, appointed by President Pierce in 1853, Isaac Stevens is also known for his survey of a northern railroad line that he completed as he traveled slowly across the continent on the way to his new position. Learn More
  36. High Lead Spar Mast, Dempsey Lumber Co. - Cress

    High Lead Spar Mast, Dempsey Lumber Co. - 1920

    This image was captured by Seattle photographer John D. Cress, who specialized in logging scenes and billed himself as "the Forest Fotographer". Learn More
  37. Hleastunuh, a Skokomish Woman - Curtis

    Hleastunuh, a Skokomish Woman - 1913

    We know little about Hleastunuh besides her name. Her striking image, captured here by Curtis, contrasts the textures of her own hair and weathered skin with a woven mat she wears as a garment. Learn More
  38. Hop Fields Near Tacoma - Hadley
  39. Hop Pickers, Near Skokomish Reservation

    Hop Pickers, Near Skokomish Reservation - c. 1900

    We don't know the names of these women or their daughters, but they are typical of many residents of the Skokomish Reservation who worked in nearby hop fields at the turn of the last century. Learn More
  40. Indian Camp at the Head of the Dalles - Watkins

    Indian Camp at the Head of the Dalles - 1867

    Seen from the Washington side of the Columbia, a modest dwelling overlooks the head of the Dalles, where the river narrows on the far side heading downstream to the right. Learn More
  41. Indian Carvings on Rocks Near Big Slough - Vail

    Indian Carvings on Rocks Near Big Slough - 1905

    This photo was taken in what we now know as Petroglyph Canyon, located in south central Washington State near Columbia Hills State Park. Learn More
  42. Indian House, Colville - National Photo Company
  43. Indian Petroglyphs Near The Dalles - Markham

    Indian Petroglyphs Near The Dalles #1 - c. 1925

    Part of a series of petroglyph photos by Markham, this view consists mostly of game animals, with what appears to be a stylized sun and a bird near the bottom. Learn More
  44. Indian Petroglyphs Near Wishram, Washington - Markham

    Indian Petroglyphs Near Wishram, Washington - c. 1925

    We attribute this photo of an intricate petroglyph to Benjamin Markham. Though unsigned, it is similar in presentation to his other real photo postcards. Learn More
  45. Indian Village at The Dalles, Washington Side - Vail

    Indian Village at The Dalles, Washington Side - 1905

    This rare, and detailed, early view of a village on the Washington side of The Dalles is printed from an original glass negative created by amateur photographer Willis Vail. Learn More
  46. Jack Screw Men and Steam Donkey - Ford

    Jack Screw Men and Steam Donkey - c. 1898

    The crew that uses the screw jacks to maneuver logs poses here in the yard in front of a covered steam donkey. Learn More
  47. Jack Screw Men Yarding a Large Log - Ford

    Jack Screw Men Yarding a Large Log - c. 1898

    A very old logging tool, the jack screw was used to move heavy logs, either in the woods to position them for hauling by oxen (and later by steam donkeys), or in the yards to roll the logs into position. Learn More
  48. Jesse A. Meiser in his Studio - Meiser

    Jesse A. Meiser in his Studio - c. 1900

    Meiser has lighted this view to show off his photography studio as much as himself and his camera. Learn More
  49. John Denny, Patriarch of the Seattle Denny Family

    John Denny, Patriarch of the Seattle Denny Family - c. 1865

    John Denny, his sons Arthur and David, and their families traveled the Oregon Trail to the Willamette Valley in 1851. Along the way, Arthur became convinced that the Puget Sound area was where he wanted to settle. Learn More
  50. Johnson, Washington, Town View - Gardiner

    Johnson, Washington, Town View - c. 1895

    A post office for Johnson was established in 1888, and in 1891 the town began building. Located 11 miles south of Pullman on the Genesse branch of the Northern Pacific, the town was well-positioned for growth. Learn More

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