November 22nd, 2010 by contributor
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The metal sculpted elk at the Forks Chamber of Commerce visitor center was mounted last week by metal sculptor/metal artist Clint Beyer with help from his dog Nikki. Clint, who settled in Forks after retiring from the U.S. Coast Guard, began his business: CK Custom Design. If you travel to the Quileute Oceanside Resort in La Push you will also see Clint’s work at the two motel units: Whale and Thunderbird, which are represented by beautiful sculptures of these two creatures. Clint is also a specialist in producing high quality rifle barrels.
November 2nd, 2010 by contributor
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“The Sea Was Angry That Day, My Friends, like an Old Man Trying to send Back Soup in a Deli.” A la George Costanza, the sea is getting whipped up for a big storm this weekend. Lots of rain and wind are expected. For those heading to the ocean beaches take special care when in the driftwood. There is nothing more spectacular than the force of mother nature!
October 6th, 2010 by contributor
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The Forks Timber Museum will host the annual Hickory Shirt/Heritage Days Old-Timers Round Table on Thursday evening September 30th. This years topic will cover the local Logging and Mill industries. So, if you have ever set a choker or laced up a pair of work boots you are welcome to come share your memories, heck, if you ever packed a loggers lunch or even ate a sandwich in the woods you are invited! Come mingle from 6:30pm-7 pm, the discussion starts at 7.
September 28th, 2010 by contributor
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Bella’s Book truck on left and Movie truck on right
Up until last weekend the Forks Chamber of Commerce visitor center had on display the book version of the truck (ca. 1952) that Bella drives.
During the Stephenie Meyer weekend in Forks on September 12th, the Elwha River Casino held a drawing in Forks at Tillicum Park for a 1963 chevrolet truck. The name they drew (from 35,000 entries) decided to keep $2,000 rather than the truck. Therefore, the casino graciously donated the truck to the Forks Chamber of Commerce. This is the chevy truck that main Twilight character, Bella, drives in the the Twilight Saga movie series. So now the visitor center has both the book and movie versions of Bella’s truck. This should cause less confusion now about which truck is which, as the trucks look very different being eleven years apart.
July 22nd, 2010 by contributor
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You know it’s really hot when a chunk of the Forks Outfitter’s parking lot sticks to your tire. I made a quick stop at Outfitter’s after work last night. As I left the parking lot I heard ker-chunk, ker-chunk, ker-chunk, what the heck was that? Stopping and looking at my front tire I found a strip of pavement stuck to it. After some pulling I got it free. With 90 degree temperatures predicted again for today, there may be nothing left of Outfitter’s parking lot by the end of the day! A trip to the ocean, where temperatures should be a little cooler, may be in order.
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The 4th of July marks the 50th anniversary of the dedication of the Rayonier 10-spot to the City of Forks.
The 10-spot was built by the Lima Locomotive works around 1930. From Ohio, she was sent to Milwaukee’s Seattle Round House. There she sat, no one interested in paying the $27,500 asking price.
The 10-spot had limited sales appeal. Designed in the Pacific Coast pattern for the western logging trade, she had piston valve instead of slide valve cylinders. This was beneficial when the locomotive was put in service on the undulant forest roadbeds. Flexibility was what was needed and the 10-spot had it.
As she sat rusting and waiting for a buyer she was cannibalized for parts for her sister engines in the Northwest woods. Throughout the nine years she waited for a buyer the Lima Corporation became concerned they would never sell the locomotive.
In 1940, she was finally purchased by the Ozette Timber Company for $21,000, a give-away price according to Lima officials. For the Ozette Company she performed faithfully. Train crews said she road the ties almost as often as she rode the rails. The 10-spot was sturdy, she always got where her engineer, my Grandfather Ralph Pedersen, headed her.
In 1955, Rayonier purchased the Shay from Ozette Timber. It was just a short time and the diesel truck put an end to the 10-spot’s forest hauling days. Scrap dealers were waiting in the wings but company officials refused to sell. Then some Forks residents negotiated a deal and the Shay came to where it sits today.
In 1998, the Shay got a makeover and a roof over thanks to the Department of Transportation, City of Forks, Lion’s Club and many local volunteers.
The Shay once again finds herself skirted by woodland ferns as a recent planting greets those that enter Tillicum Park. The 10-spot, sidetracked but not forgotten, a monument to the geared steam locomotive and our local logging history.