11 thoughts on “Forestry Building, 1905

  1. Inside the Forestry Building were displays that depicted the towering forests of Oregon. One of the most interesting was a miniature logging camp which showed a forest with trees being cut and snaked thru the forest with cables and loaded onto railroad cars by crane with a donkey engine. The loaded railroad cars would run along the track then disappear into a tunnel, only to reappear for another load. One display showed a family of beavers building a dam. Another display used a huge carved out log with water running thru it that showed how salmon were caught. There were fish wheels and a small cannery.
    The wildlife displays included majestic elk, clean-limbed deer, mountain lions, sneaking coyotes and bear. One display showed a mountain lion attacking a deer. Birds such as geese, ducks, grouse and prairie chickens were seen in glass cases. 2 Eagles were suspended from the ceiling with their wings outstretched as though in full flight. The Forestry Building was said to be the most unique exhibit in the United States. Patrons were known to spend all day in the building.

  2. In grade school and high school, when we roamed free, the forestry building was one of our go-to places. It makes me sad everytime I think about its loss.

  3. I am one of the fortunate ones to see and experience it before it burned. It was truly a cathedral of logs. All the pictures in the world do not convey the experience of being in it.

  4. Were these exhibits still present when it burned in the sixties? I was only a child and never had a chance to visit it until it was too late.

  5. I’m sure the exhibits had changed by the 50s and 60s when I went there often. I remember a lot of open space on the first floor. Also, there was a substantial exhibit about the Tillamook Burn, so I think the focus had changed from just visiting or cutting down the forests to a larger emphasis on preventing fires and managing the forests. Since we were pre-teen and teens, we went there for the fun of the building – not so much for the exhibits. And we were allowed to go up to the balcony!

  6. Yes, it was wonderful. By the time I could go there, the balcony was closed– it was deteriorating. There was a full-size fire lookout on a short tower on the main floor.

    Can anyone identify that suspended thing in the picture? I cannot make it look like an eagle no matter how I try. It looks more like a shark to me. 🙂

  7. I remember placards saying “one could build an entire house (or 2) out of this one log” or something to that effect. Seemed like a lot more open space when I was in it in about 1962 or so.

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