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04/24/2015

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Bill Kombol

Here is the caption when the above log dump photo appeared in my "When Coal Was King" column: This photo by Clark Kinsey shows one of the log dumps of the Lake Sawyer Mill Company, circa 1928. This log dump facility was located on the west shore of Lake Sawyer at the current site of the Sunrise Lake Sawyer Resort. This old log dump is now a short peninsula at the Resort which juts out into the lake. The island in the distance today supports half dozen small homes and cabins which are only accessible by boat or barge. The Lake Sawyer mill operated on the north shore of the lake between S.E. 288th Street and S.E. 292nd Place. The old mill site is now home to scores of residences, some on the lake and some on 228th Avenue and 229th Place. From 1919 through 1934 the timber of the region surrounding Lake Sawyer was harvested, the logs placed on rail cars, and transported to log dumps on the lake like the one shown above. Sometimes logs were simply skidded by oxen or mule to locations near the lake shore and rolled in. The logs were then floated to storage pens near the mill and held as inventory until fished out of the lake when needed for processing. Milled lumber was hauled to market by truck and rail. The mill was owned and operated by the Neukirchen Brothers of Issaquah. To the west across the cove from the mill a stately old home still stands on a long, forested peninsula. The home was built by the pioneering Hanson family who owned and operated sawmills on Lake Wilderness and in Enumclaw, before completing their White River Lumber Company’s merger with Weyerhaeuser Timber Company in 1949.

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