The HRFD is mopping up after a fire near the Jaymar Mill. We saw a few other views of this fire in earlier posts, but this is a nice view of the mill. I think that's part of Well's Island, and you can also see some of the Broughton Mill operation on the other side of the river.
Category: [Downtown Hood River]
The good old "glowing at night" sawdust burners that were located around the country.
Isn't that too far up the river for Broughton, or did they use to be on the east side of the hatchery?
I know there used to be fruit packing sheds along there. Along with the Underwood Store and Post Office.
l.e. on 12th February 2014 @ 7:12am
An article in the July 31, 1954 Eugene Register Guard says the Jaymar Lumber Co., third largest mill in the Hood River Valley, is going out of business.
l.e. on 12th February 2014 @ 8:57am
A lot of those old wigwam burners burned up a lot more than just sawdust. In the old days mills just made lumber out of the very best part of the logs. Everything else went in the burner. Today, even though a lot of the logs are small and not much to look at, everything-including the sawdust-is used for something. Old loggers used to tell of yarding big old growth fir through stands of big hemlock and leaving it knocked over and splintered and laying in the brush. Those old steam donkeys didn't look like much, but they were powerful. They would pull until something busted.
Buzz on 12th February 2014 @ 9:40am
Fabulous photo, the best I've seen of Jaymar yet. Thanks from New Zealand!
Scott Cook on 12th February 2014 @ 4:31pm
Seems like when I was young there was a Jaymar fire every few years
Norma Jubitz Simpson on 12th February 2014 @ 7:22pm
I have the same memory Norma.....weeks if not months of smoldering sawdust.
Arlen Sheldrake on 12th February 2014 @ 8:37pm
I think I was in high school when the Neal Creek Mill burnt one night. I kid you not, the heat from that massive fire could be felt in our area of Pine Grove. It was just a wall of flame when you looked over that way.
I also think that Broughton was further west than near the mouth of the river over there. There was still somewhat of a little community of Underwood there at the time.
Charlott on 13th February 2014 @ 7:11am
So the hook is not in place yet right? Anyone know if it would be visible in this photo if it was?
Andrew on 13th February 2014 @ 12:02pm
The Hook wasn't built until after Jaymar went out of business, but I think it probably would have been visible to the right in this image. If you look at the satellite maps you can still see the spit of land where the mill perched, north of the railroad. I think the city now owns this as part of "Morrison Park."
Also, the commenters are correct that Broughton was further west, so isn't visible in this image.
Arthur on 13th February 2014 @ 12:38pm
Since we are talking about fire and looking across the river at Underwood.... .
In 1946 the community of Underwood, along the river, burned.
Then in 1955, the Underwood Fruit Packing Sheds burned.
l.e. on 13th February 2014 @ 2:13pm
I think that might have been the fire that burnt up the Underwood girls beautiful bead work. Know they had a massive amount of it and it was lost in a fire.
Charlott on 14th February 2014 @ 7:03am