Friday, June 18, 2010

Postcard Friendship Friday

Happy PFF

Two more of the old postcards - these refer to Lake Crescent and Pyramid Peak and in some of the remaining cards they mention Washington. In looking around a little bit and after seeing in the second picture that it looks like they are laying tracks, I found references to Spruce Railroad Trail and I have copied it here. This could be photos of that project and there are still more which I will post in later weeks if you are interested. I note a woman in the first picture. Some of the pictures coming show mess halls, etc., so it seems like they were living in a camp. It was way too early for the CCC which I thought might have been the situation.

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Spruce Railroad Trail
View of Lake Crescent from Harrigan Point
4 miles
Olympic Peninsula
Elevation Change
+/- 20'
Trail Difficulty
Year round
Lake Crescent
The Spruce Railroad Trail (sometimes called Lake Crescent Trail) is a
rail trail located on the shores of Lake Crescent about 20 miles (32 km) west of Port Angeles, Washington. The trail follows the former Port Angeles Western Railroad grade along the shores of Lake Crescent. Built during World War I to transport spruce from the western Olympic Peninsula for the aircraft industry, it was completed in 1919, a year too late for its intended purpose. The trail is approximately 4 miles (6.4 km) one way, and trailheads exist at both ends. The trail is fairly level in most spots and could be hiked by most amateur hikers. Points of interest include the remnants of a railroad tunnel, a bridge that spans a bay called Devils Punch Bowl, and Harrigan Point.

This might be the origin of these pictures. I did not scan the backs since there is no information on them. (Click to enlarge)


  1. These postcards are absolutely fabulous! I love them. I am especially fascinated with the history you presented along with them! Thank you!

    Happy PFF!

  2. The postcards, the railroad trail and the history are all fascinating. Happy PFF.

  3. A pair of fabulous cards, love the poses on the first one.

  4. Your cards are very interesting.

  5. The trees may well be old growth trees as well - not that many of those left around.

  6. Wonderful! Interesting and I love anything to do with trains! Happy PFF

  7. Fascinating old postcards and love the attached information too! I would love to know the story behind the woman being there in the first photo!

  8. I imagine you've found the right information. A logging trail for lumber for planes. Really fascinating. You can go to this site to see a postcard of blasting for possibly the tunnel. They also say it was in 1918.