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Simpson Timber Railroad Centennial Part 2

Here is the lowdown on the history of Elkmont, which has been receiving a lot of attention lately due to a recent online article talking about the “discovery” of a forgotten town in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. The picture you see here was taken in the Daisy Town neighborhood in October of 2012.

Elkmont’s history begins sometime around 1908, when the Little River Logging Company operated in what would soon become the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Prior to the logging outfit’s presence in Elkmont, this little town was a sleepy farming community high in the mountains. The logging company’s actions drastically changed the landscape of the Smokies. They logged the ancient virgin forests and created vast, clear cut areas. Life in Elkmont was not easy, at least not at first. The economy now revolved around the lumber industry and by this time, a railroad, machine shop, post office, homes, and other buildings were built here. Being a logger was dangerous work and included many risks. Elkmont is also the site of a notorious train wreck that happened in 1909 which involved a logging train manned by engineer Gordon A. “Daddy” Bryson. The train lost control on a downhill grade and it derailed, killing both men. During the 1920s, most of the good timber had been harvested from the Smokies. Since the lumber company could no longer cut quality timber in Elkmont, they decided to move elsewhere in search of more timber. The lumber company soon moved operations to Middle Prong, which is upstream from the former town of Tremont. The railroad was removed and a make shift road was put in its place.

In 1910, Elkmont was also a slowly developing resort town that eventually became known as the “Appalachian Club”. Members of this club built many cabins of different architectural styles along a path which started at the Wonderland Club. Elkmont became a well-known destination for tourists who were making their way through the area and the resort provided a rustic charm and comfort for visitors.

In 1926, Congress passed a law which authorized the creation of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and Elkmont had began another era in its history–from being a logging camp to quaint resort town and to National Park property. The property owners at Elkmont were offered long term leases and the Appalachian and the Wonderland Club were taken by the state and were sold for half their value. The long term leases were relinquished in 1952 for 20 year leases, which would allow enough time to bring electricity to Elkmont. The leases were renewed in 1972 and even though some of the buildings were given longer leases, the last of them expired in 2001. In 1994, Elkmont was added to the National Register of Historic Places.


Simpson Timber Railroad Centennial Part 1


Mysterious Dolls

21 porcelain dolls on bamboo stakes were found at Bear Creek Swamp in Alabama. They are all wearing different dresses and all their faces have been painted white. Autauga County Chief Deputy Joe Sedinger said authorities tried to contact the timber company that owns the land, but no one got back to them.

The Montgomery newspaper reports that it has been a rite of passage for groups of teenagers to enter the swamp at night to look for monsters or creatures that are said to roam the swamp.

Bear Creek Swamp is claimed to be haunted by the spirit of a mother looking for her lost child. The dolls are thought to be part of a “ritual” local teenagers do to summon the “spirit.” 

Okay, I’m putting this out there.

We all have loved Billie Jean. It’s got a lot of history behind it for us. But, someone suggested buying/trending Kesha’s “Timber” as a way to not only celebrate the end of this circus, but to also show support and solidarity for Kesha and her ongoing battle with Sony. And I think this pretty well encompasses our happiness for Louis being free of this as well as our collective disgust for Sony as a company, as well as our collective support for Kesha.

So, with that, I am suggesting #ProjectTimber. Buying, streaming, trading, and playing “Timber” by Pitbull ft. Kesha whenever this news becomes official.


Where The Average Weekend Is Anything But: Portland and The Timbers Army

Photos captured by Jordan Beard

Over the past week, Portland, Oregon was situated right on the middle of the global game’s map. From Thierry Henry to Mario Götze, icons and phenoms were filling the streets as the MLS All-Stars welcomed Bayern Munich to town. We were at Providence Park for that match, and it was great. But it wasn’t Portland.

The stadium was packed to the brim and full of fans from overseas, but it wasn’t Portland. So, we returned to see this city’s side play Chivas USA to take in an “average game” and witness the atmosphere that the Timbers Army and company could create.

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1,000 Logs + 4,000 Boulders = Happy Fish!

Brush Creek, located in southwest Oregon, is a tributary that feeds the Umpqua River. The Brush Creek watershed contains important habitat for coho salmon, winter steelhead, cutthroat trout, and Pacific lamprey. Historic practices of stream cleaning (removing all the logs from the stream) unfortunately left Brush Creek with poor habitat for fish and other organisms. The “bedrock dominated” habitat had very little gravel for fish to spawn in and very few deep pools that provided cover for adult and juvenile fish. This is an example of this “simplified” habitat.

The Brush Creek watershed restoration project began in 2012, and has placed over 1,000 logs and 4,000 boulders in over 11 miles of stream, drastically improving the fish habitat in the watershed. By placing logs and boulders in to the channel, the logs are able to slow the stream down, thus allowing spawning gravel to drop out during the winter months. The logs and boulders also provide cover during high winter flows for adult and juvenile salmon and trout. The project is a result of a partnership between the BLM, State of Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife, the Partnership for the Umpqua Rivers, and Lone Rock Timber Company. 

Future plans include riparian noxious weed removal and planting of native species and effectiveness monitoring of the instream restoration work in the form of photopoints, spawning surveys, and snorkel surveys to count juvenile fish. This restoration work will act as a “band-aid” fix to provide fish habitat until the trees in the Riparian Reserves can grow and fall into the stream providing the source of instream wood and fish habitat into the future. 

For more photos of the project, head on over to: https://www.flickr.com/photos/blmoregon/sets/72157648390649430/