Camp 6 Logging Museum
Camp 6 (253/752-0047, www.camp-6-museum.org, 10 a.m.–5 p.m. Wed.–Sun., closed Nov.–Jan., free) is a reconstructed logging camp with steam equipment from the late 1800s and early 1900s, when most Northwest logging was done from railroads. Featured attractions (everything still runs) include a 90-ton logging locomotive specially built to handle steep grades and sharp curves, a steam-powered 1887 Dolbeer Donkey engine used to yard logs, and other logging equipment from the heyday of timber harvesting in the Northwest.
Also here are loggers’ bunkhouses, including turn-of-the-20th-century bunkhouses on rails that could be moved as the trees were cut. The bunkhouses contain photos and artifacts from life in the logging camps.
Kids love the 1929 steam-powered P.D.Q. & K. Railroad, which includes log cars, cabooses, speeders, and other railcars. It offers rides on weekend afternoons for a small charge April–September. There’s also a special Santa Train the first three weekends of December.
© Ericka Chickowski from Moon Washington, 8th edition