From Logging Camp to a Town

From Logging Camp to a Town (HM2219)

Location: Seneca, OR 97873 Grant County
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Country: United States of America
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N 44° 8.112', W 118° 58.346'

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After spending a day skidding logs, laying track or building Seneca's first homes, the workers needed a place to call home; temporarily at least.

In 1928 "Camp One" was established southwest of here, and with boxcars for homes, commissary, store, electricity, and running water, it was quite a logging camp! Gradually logs became lumber, and lumber became buildings, and by 1931, Camp One was no more, the town of Seneca having risen from the valley floor.

The harsh times of the 1930's gave way to increased demand for lumber from World War II onwards.

A new steam-heated, wood-paneled hotel became home to loggers who, so unused to the luxury, named it the "Waldorf-Astoria." Kids swam in the pool heated by the nearby locomotive shop. Labor Day picnics for Hines Company employees were the norm. The company newspaper carried cheery words:

"'s sweet music to hear the wail of the locomotive whistling for the highway crossing into town, and count the number of log cars bound for the mill in Hines. While the mill seems to have an insatiable appetite for logs, the loggers have vowed to stuff it full to the gills..."
- Hines Log, July 1951.

Changing times means that Seneca has become a quieter place again, but with a richer history. Be sure to find out
more about the railroad at the interpretive site between here and Burns.
HM NumberHM2219
Placed ByMalheur National Forest
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Friday, October 6th, 2017 at 4:01pm PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)11T E 342220 N 4888780
Decimal Degrees44.13520000, -118.97243333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 44° 8.112', W 118° 58.346'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds44° 8' 6.72" N, 118° 58' 20.76" W
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Area Code(s)541
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling South
Closest Postal AddressAt or near US-395, Seneca OR 97873, US
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