Loading site with two donkey engines and spar tree, camp 14, North Western Lumber Company, near Vesta, n.d
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In the 1880s, the North Western Lumber Company built a mill in Hoquiam, becoming a significant player in the Grays Harbor timber industry. The company was in business until ca. 1944. Vesta is a settlement on the North River 9 miles south of Montesano in south central Grays Harbor County. It was named in 1882 when a post office was established by pioneer Milton Dwinelle for his wife, Vesta.