, standing in front of a mural in downtown Snoqualmie, holds a T-shirt that supports saving part of the Snoqualmie Falls Lumber Mill, which Weyerhaeuser is in the process of demolishing.
But Harley Brumbaugh
remembers when both structures were at the center of one of the country's largest lumber mills, and the mill town beside it was home to 1,200 people and a thriving timber industry. He
wants to prevent the last remnants of that past from disappearing. Brumbaugh
, 69, is one of a group of preservationists trying to prevent demolition of the smokestack and adjacent powerhouse, which began operating in 1917.Weyerhaeuser, which owns the property, has filed a permit with King County to remove the structures as part of a plan to clear the land.
This photo from the collection of Harley Brumbaugh
is a copy of one from the 1930s, he
says, and shows the lumber-mill smokestack he
and others are trying to save.
..."There was so much the mill stood for," said Brumbaugh, a prominent local musician and teacher.
"Most people living in the valley today have no idea the mill town was there, no idea where the school was, the hospital or the mill store," said Brumbaugh