16 thoughts on “NW 26th Avenue, 1968

  1. Huge Retort container used to impregnate lumber and poles with creosote and fire retardant chemicals being moved from McCulloch and Sons 4300 NW St Helens rd. to John C Taylor lumber in Sheridan Oregon.

  2. Newspaper stories on May 1, 1968 in both the Oregonian & Oregon Journal show that the retort was either 167′ or 168′ and was the longest loaded hauled over Portland streets to date, and that the move from NW St. Helens Rd. to Sheridan Oregon took 3 1/2 hours.

  3. Rudie Wilhelm, venerable Portland heavy haul, house mover and warehouse company dating from the horse and buggy era. This was by their standards just a medium size load. They moved far heavier loads over long distances.Still in business.

  4. Rudie Wilhelm Trucking certainly did a stellar job through the years negotiating Portland’s roadways safely, with their humongous loads, thank you.

    John C. Taylor Lumber & Treating Company (aka Pacific Wood Preserving, McFarland Cascade Sheridan), declared bankruptcy in 2001; its 58-acre site in Sheridan, OR was found to be highly contaminated.

    Contamination Information:
    (10/17/2001 MMD/VCP) Taylor Lumber began operating a sawmill and maintenance shop at the site in 1946. The company expanded their operations to include wood treating in 1966. Taylor Lumber & Treating pressure-treated wood products using creosote and PCP, which were stored in aboveground storage tanks in two separate tank farms. Chemicals used during the treatment of lumber, including PCP, creosote, arsenic and PAHs, were found at high concentrations in the soil, groundwater, and drainage ditches surrounding the facility. Dioxin and mercury were also found at the site. Similar chemicals were found in the waters and sediments of the South Yamhill River, located a couple hundred feet south of the site. Dioxin was found in surface soils in nearby offsite residential yards.

    Spillage from treating activities, 1966 to 2001.
    Toxic Substances: Pentachlorophenol, tetrachlorophenol, naphthalene, acenaphthene, fluorene, dioxin, arsenic

    Environmental Health Threats: In addition to contamination on Taylor’s property, air contamination was found up to one mile from the facility, and soil contamination was found at private residences up to half a mile away. Contamination is also present in the South Yamhill River.

    Entire Report:

  5. My maternal grandfather drove for Rudie Wihelm. By 1964 he was retired. He started hauling with a team of horses and later drove trucks. He was in the Teamsters union and I remember the sun visor of his 1950 Buick Roadmaster was filled with Teamsters dues pinbacks.

  6. wploulorenziprince: Gotta love it when Portland pushes industries like creosote lumber, stained glass, concrete plants, timber, mining, etc out of the metro area, but the city will gladly line the street and build the city with their products. It’s a case of hypocrisy: “We’ll buy all you can make, but don’t manufacture these products in my back yard”.
    Where are they supposed to be made?

  7. When Portland had all of it’s manufacturing and trading industry It was the second wealthiest city on the West Coast at one time. It’s ranking today is considerably below that.

  8. Old Portlander, that must have been quite a while ago. Of course at one time Portland was more industrially advanced than Seattle and Portland did supply much of San Francisco’s lumber. But Los Angeles, San Diego, San Francisco and Seattle have log ago out paced Portland with their superior ports.

  9. Rudy Wilhelm Trucking hired local historic writer Don Nelson to produce an illustrated history of the firm on their centenary in 2010. Believe it was only distributed to employees.

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