1923-53: "World's Largest Logging Town"; Since 1953, the Oldest "Planned Community for Retired Persons".
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Ryderwood, Washington ~ "The Village in the Woods"
"Visit With Vernetta", August 2015. Current resident, Bill Greear, interviewed Vernetta Smith in Ryderwood's historic Community Church. Vernetta moved to Ryderwood when she was 5 years old and graduated from Ryderwood High School. Two of her children were born in Pioneer Hall. Vernetta left us April 5, 2017.
Ryderwood Then & Now
As Ryderwood (and Longview) approach their centennial in 2023, Ryderwood's AMVETS Post 7010 began collecting and archiving historical information about this unique community since 2013.
This includes Ryderwood's early days as a family logging town (1923-53) as well as its reincarnation into one of the country's first retirement communities (1953 to present).
The Project has held public events designed to share some of the information. The first was a "Visit with Vernetta" in August, 2015 at Ryderwood's historic Community Church.
The second event, held in conjunction with the Cowlitz Co. Historical Museum, was the showing of the 1926 silent movie about the Long-Bell Lumber Co. on January 21, 2016 in Ryderwood's Community Hall Auditorium. The attendance was "standing room only".
Our 2017 Calendar was a big success and the first money-making project for the group. Calendars are planned for each upcoming year until the 2023 Centennial.
The 2017 Long-Bell Old-Timers Reunion on August was a huge success. The History Project set up a display of historic items in Pioneer Hall.
The Project would love to hear from anyone who has Ryderwood history to share. Any photos, letters, and early documents will be returned along with digital copies.
Use the email form or the Click on the button below to download the Survey form and contact information.
"Ryderwood History Project"
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