Grande Ronde Lumber Co. View of mill in Pondosa, Oregon.

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Collection Smith, Chester "Chet"
Description Grande Ronde Lumber Co. View of mill in Pondosa, Oregon.
History of company: The Collins family owned several lumber mills in Oregon and California, including the Grande Ronde Lumber Co. at Perry and the Mt. Emily Lumber Co at La Grande. Needing more timber, the family built a mill and the town of Pondosa around 1925 with U.S. post office established September 28, 1927. The Big Creek and Telocaset Railroad was built to get the lumber from Pondosa to the mainline of the Union Pacific Railroad at Telocaset about 11 miles, plus even more miles of spur lines into the woods. The spurs were abandoned in favor of trucks around 1942. The original name was Grande Ronde Lumber Co., then Collins Pine Co., and then Collins Pondosa Lumber Co. about 1946. In February 1959 the Collins family sold its Pondosa mill to the Templeton family, which closed the mill May 1, 1959, and sold everything at auction, including railroad stock and rails.
Object ID 2008.7.2
Place Pondosa, Union Co., Oregon
COPYRIGHT INFORMATION: Credit Baker County Library, Baker City, Oregon

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