Saturday, April 30, 2011

Saturday, April 30

Alpine, WA April 30, 2011.
There were about nine of us that met in Skykomish this morning, we convoyed to Alpine and stopped at Alpine Falls to look around for a few minutes. The wide spot along Highway 2 where we parked was the location of  The House of Souvenier.

We then began the ten minute journey up the hill to Alpine.

Moments after arriving in Alpine we were greeted by a train. Donna never fails to get locomotive engineers to sound the horn.

Donna and I decided to explore the hill east of the mill. We parked the car just about where the box car is in this picture.

We found nothing of interest but a bird skull.

There were some good views from the top of the hill, this is looking east. You can see the old Great Northern grade across the valley, indicated by the line of cottonwood trees growing on the right of way.

Looking west, the mill was located on the lower left, near where the white car is parked. Some houses and the school were in the clearing in the center of the picture.

Here is a 1913 photo showing the mill and town looking west from the hill, a little bit lower than the modern photo.

Composite image of the 1913 photo and 2011 photo.

Continuing down the north side of the hill, there appeared to be a narrow cut where maybe logs were yarded up the hill.

Nearby was a piece of wire wrapped around a stump.

This band saw blade was a couple of hundred feet north of the mill.

After about two hours in this area we moved up the hill across the tracks. We poked around there until about 4 o'clock and found some shoes and bottles on the east side of Carroll Creek.

Keesha taking a break.

1 comment:

  1. I was putting my boot up there for scale.
    But, I bet the Alpiners of old would have loved
    those Columbia boots of mine.

    I guess you could call that alpine booty!