• Creator
  • Kinsey, Clark
  • Created Date
  • 1938~
  • Description
  • The Cobbs & Mitchell Company was a Michigan based company that moved to Oregon in the early 1900s after buying timber tracts in the Siletz Basin. In about 1919, the Cobbs & Mitchell Company built the Valley & Siletz Railroad, connected to the Southern Pacific Railroad in the town of Independence, Oregon. They established a company town at the end of the railroad called Valsetz, a name which was a combination of "Valley and Siletz." In the 1920... more
    The Cobbs & Mitchell Company was a Michigan based company that moved to Oregon in the early 1900s after buying timber tracts in the Siletz Basin. In about 1919, the Cobbs & Mitchell Company built the Valley & Siletz Railroad, connected to the Southern Pacific Railroad in the town of Independence, Oregon. They established a company town at the end of the railroad called Valsetz, a name which was a combination of "Valley and Siletz." In the 1920s, the population of Valsetz grew to almost 300 men, largely single men. However, over the next few decades, the population would double and men would live with their families in the company town. In 1947, the land, the company, and the town of Valsetz were sold to Herbert A. Templeton, who renamed the company the Valsetz Lumber Company. In 1959, the town was sold to the Boise-Cascade Corporation. The town of Valsetz would become one of the most long-lived company towns until it was bulldozed and abandoned in 1983. (Sources: Lumber Ghosts by... less
  • Format
  • Photograph
    image
    11 x 14 in.
    Silver gelatin, b/w
    Scanned from a photographic print using a Microtek Scanmaker 1000XL at 100 ppi in grayscale. Resized using Adobe Photoshop 7.0 so that the long dimension was either 768 pixels horizontal or 600 pixels vertical, then saved in JPEG format at quality rating 3. 2012