Dorena Historical Society

Early Timber Photos

Timber was the mainstay of the Row River Valley for over a century.  The first lumber mill in the valley was called Up Today and Down Tomorrow and was used by early settlers to mill the lumber for their homes.  At one point there were 11 lumber mills along the Row and its tributaries.  Among these were Booth Kelly, Durable Fir, Wildwood, Brown Lumber, Row River Lumber and the big daddy of them all, Bohemia.

Steam Donkey used in logging

Wooden Logging Road

Lumber Camp along the Row

Lumber Camp Resident Opal Whiteley

Row River Lumber Company

Row River Lumber Company

Brown Lumber Company

Logs from Rujada

For a comprehensive look at the Timber Industry in the Row River Valley, try to get a hold of a copy of Bohemia,  The Lives and Times of an Oregon Timber Venture by Michael Thoele, published by the Oregon Historical Society Press.

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3 Responses to “Early Timber Photos”

  1. Rye Anne says:

    Is Opal Creek named after Opal Whiteley?

  2. Carl Skeel says:

    The photo you have labeled wooden logging road, if you check with the museum in town and the miners they will tell you that is not what it was and that it was the tramway in that photo for the ore cars as that it what is in there the railways and ore cars for the mines.

  3. dorenahistoricalsociety says:

    Thank you, I have removed it from the timber post and will add it to a mining post.

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