Camp 18

In our wanderings of the northwest, we backtracked or maybe retraced our steps, to an old favorite. Camp 18 is located 18 miles from Seaside Oregon. To those in this area, most know where this is, even if they have not stopped to check out what they have to offer for your time. It was a former logging camp location, so the outstanding restaurant is a giant log cabin structure. A marvel in its own right. The inside is decorated with lots of old photos and gear used by the loggers from the area.  The reception area is a LARGE tree trunk.  Inside the restaurant. The outside has lots of old logging equipment on display. Mr. Smith has an outstanding collection of machinery and keeps adding to it. There is a museum that gives you all of the history from the area, highlighting many of the folks that made logging what it was (and still is). We (the logging industry) has jumped ahead in leaps and bounds as far as equipment and machinery.  It’s still great for me to check out all of the older stuff that the people used to use.  The history is fascinating. And , I like old machines. So here are some old rusty photos of some well used pieces of equipment. The tree with the cables and spikes is an anchor for the tower, or in this instance, a spar tree. They are anchored at strategic locations around the tree to keep it from falling over when the logs are brought in.  I believe the placard said this tree was 160 feet tall. They are usually tied off in four places.  In today’s logging camp, they would likely use a mechanical yarder, the spar hydraulically raised and lower for transport. They do have an old landing setup on display. I believe it is active for show a few times in the summer.  If you happen by, be sure to stop in and check it all out. Plus the food is excellent!

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