Don McCune Library

Snoqualmie Logging History

Snoqualmie Logging History
75 minutes - $24.95

This DVD includes one remastered Exploration Northwest episode and two other early films of the Snoqualmie Mill.

Snoqualmie Logging History
30 Minutes - 1969

Narrated by Clint McCune, this 1969 program is an historic look at the Snoqualmie Logging Camp and the company town of Snoqualmie, Washington. Extensive 1925 motion picture film of early steam logging, as well as our 1969 film, shows the town and the early logging camp operations using six steam logging trains, the biggest in the state.

Here's an excerpt from the show by writer/narrator Don McCune, referring to the 1925 film: "These were the highball days of logging. The sawmill boss lived in hope that he could cut every log in the pond, and the woods boss tried to keep one jump ahead of him! Sometimes as many as 60 train carloads of logs would wind up in town and some would have to be side-tracked for a couple days waiting for the pond to open up."

Old Snoqualmie Mill
15 Minutes - 1925

This is the rest of the 1925 film not used in the Snoqualmie Logging History episode above, from the original silent documentary produced by Weyerhaeuser about their mill operations.

Last Log
30 Minutes - 1989

Former Snoqualmie Mill employee Steve Davidson captured history when he filmed the last log to go through the mill in the Spring of 1989. His detailed narration describes each piece of machinery as the log makes its transition from tree to lumber inside the mill.