|Old logging rails|
The three original railroads were sold or went bankrupt or were merged with others over the decades that followed. The names of them have been forgotten by many, as have some of the rails and bridges. By the 1936 the Simpson Logging Company had complete control of the railroad out of Shelton and converted it from a common carrier to a private railroad. By 1946 the rails had reached Camp Grisdale the end of the line for railroad logging. Now trucks were used to haul logs and reload onto rails to transport to Shelton. Soon the rails would be abandoned completely.
In 1985 The rail lines west and north of Simpson’s Mill 5, just 11 miles out of Shelton, were closed and over the years the rails were removed. Just a few of the bridges remain and one short section of track. The Vance Creek bridge is the tallest logging railroad bridge in the U.S. at 346’ in height, and its permanence expressed Simpson’s faith in the perpetual harvest capacity of their forest. But alas it sits obsolete and starting to rust.
|Vance Creek Bridge, Solomon Simpson (Green Diamond) Clear-Cut, and the|
flood prone Skokomish Valley
|Vance Creek Bridge. Will Someone have to fall off and die before |
Solomon Simpson / Green Diamond secures this bridge?
|There are more stumps on Simpson / Green Diamond land than ever before|