January 2, 2016
Cary Lowe, Terray Harmon, Robbie Anderson, Russ Brown, Dale Roberts and Gary Conley contributed to this report.
Last week’s History Mystery photograph, above, was scanned from a 5 by 5-inch negative from the archives of The Dalles Chronicle. The information on the negative’s envelop reads, “Tygh Valley Lumber Co. (Henry Pein) Log Pond, 18 acres. August 16, 1954.”
Cary Lowe noted you can see some buildings at Wasco County fairgrounds in the background, and the west end of Tygh Ridge and where Shadybrook Road turns toward the White River Game Management Area.
Russ Brown said it looks like the photo was taken not long before they filled the log pond, after the Mountain Fir Lumber company closed the pond. Irene Sullenger said it was the old Cody Mill pond.
Terray Harmon said green logs were stored in the pond to keep them from drying out, and the logs to one side were “sinkers,” logs that sank in the pond and were pulled out.
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