Looking back: Preston Logging Crew and Locomotive

Published in the Issaquah Press on June 28, 2000

Preston, Climax Logging Engine, Preston Mill Co.

Circa 1910 photo of four men standing on Climax Logging Engine 1 of the Preston Mill Co. The child sitting on back of engine is possibly Hugo Johnson. Written on back is “Olga Fritzberg.” [IHM photo 86-18-234]

Representatives of the Preston Mill Co. pose with their Climax locomotive, which was purchased from the Doty Lumber and Shingle Co. in Doty, Wash. Elof Edwins, part owner of the Preston Mill Co., is shown standing closest to the No. 1 on the newly repainted locomotive in this 1921 photo. The mill’s railroad will be extended several miles up the Raging River valley until it shuts down in 1930.