Date 7-1-1924: First load of logs from Ryderwood.

First, the crew and engine that hauled the first load of logs from Ryderwood to Longview. Second, the first load at the Vader Junction. (Until the LP&N was  completed all the way to Longview, the Northern  Pacific tracks were used between Vader and Kelso.)

Follow the Logs

This iconic Long-Bell / LP&N photo shows a logging train leaving Ryderwood, headed for Longview. Dated 6-10-1926.

Long-Bell built their own railroad (the Longview, Portland & Northern or LP&N) to transport all those logs from the woods to the mill. Construction of the railroad began in the woods, where the Shay locomotives brought the logs from the woods to the Ryderwood yards where they were loaded on the larger Malletts or Mikados for the trip to Longview. During peak production, there could be mile-long trains, some cars carrying as few as 3 logs, making the trip from Ryderwood to Longview up to three times a day.

Note: All photos are provided by the Longview Public Library's Longview Room unless otherwise captioned.

Ryderwood's locomotive rolling stock included 2 Mikados (#1401 and 1402), 2 articulated Mallets (#1000 and 1101), as many as 11 Shays (Saddlebacks), "235 log cars, 4 cabooses, about 100 other freight cars and 3 passenger cars." Cowlitz Historical Quarterly, 12-2011

Date 8-7-1923: LP&N Railroad Ryderwood dedication.

The dedication of the LP&N Railroad was held in Ryderwood. The event is commemorated in the painting located on Hudson St. in downtown Longview.

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The Village in the Woods

Date 4-4-1925: Longview LP&N depot dedicated.

Caption on lower photo says: "Crowd at LP&N depot just after the arrival of the special 10-coach train from Ryderwood for the dedication ceremonies April 4, [1925]." 

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303 Morse St.; P. O. Box 114; Ryderwood, WA 98581

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"LP&N passenger service between Longview and Ryderwood operated 5 round-trip trains each day (3 on Sunday), using 3 passenger cars and 2 gas-powered motorized cars."

Cowlitz Historical Quarterly, 12-2011

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