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In 1889, David Eccles chartered the Oregon Lumber Company, an organization that produced many mills and railways and whose influence was felt from Salt Lake City to Northern California and Idaho. Through family connections, Eccles was also involved with many other logging enterprises, and he influenced the growth of the Inter-Mountain region as well as the Pacific Northwest. Sumpter Valley Logging Railroads is a pictorial history of the Oregon operations, focusing on the operations along the Sumpter Valley Railway. It explores the rails, mills, and people, as well as the logging practices of a bygone era.
About the Author
Alfred Mullett is an internationally published freelance writer and artist, specializing in history and rail topics. He works at Oregon Health and Sciences University in Portland, Oregon. Leonard Merritt manages the train department at Tammie’s Hobbies in Beaverton, Oregon, and volunteers in Washington County, teaching senior high school students in model design and construction. They are the authors of Arcadia Publishing’s Images of Rail: Sumpter Valley Railways, and both are members of Sumpter Valley Railroad Restoration, Inc. Merritt also serves as a board member of the Sumpter Valley Railroad.