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Sunday, 16 November 2008

LOG – Part III

With no actual disk or stem hole we wanted to do our best to see if we could confirm this was indeed the original location. We conducted online searches, library searches, and made a trip to the county historical society. We were unable to find photos or other any other information on Walcott. Railroad books covering this area had information on other stations, but not on Walcott. Perhaps this was because it was remotely located and was only a flag station rather than a regular station.

We went looking for other marks set along this part of the railroad (Project ID L2334) to see what we could learn that might help us with RD0668. We found two commonalities for these marks: 1) the description distance from the tracks seems to indicate that the measurements were made from the closest rail rather than from the center of the tracks. 2) the top finished and weathered surface of these monuments has aged to a nice, almost ivory-colored, wrinkly texture.
Item 2 did not help us (since the top of RD0668 was sheared off) but Item 1 did lend credence to our find being what was left of RD0668.)

Purely historical information on Walcott: Although we were unable to find any historical photos or published information on Walcott, we did come across a typewriter-produced, first-hand account from a famous old-timer of the area. This account provides some flavor of the area from a time when L 96 was in its heyday. This information was dictated by Elroy Gravelle. Elroy was born around 1914 and spent his entire life in this part of Washington County.

“…there was a station (freight) called Walcott. It was a place where lumber from the mills was loaded on trains. The lumber come from a mill near our place, called the Johnson mill. They built a plank road from the mill to Walcott station so that lumber could be hauled in the winter time too.
Neighbors in the area would send to Portland, through mail order catalog stores such as Jones Cash Store, Montgomery Ward, and Sears and Roebuck, for many items they needed and it would be sent to Walcott station. Then people would pick up their own articles they ordered. No one those days bothered other person’s merchandise at the station.”

Apologies for the long log.

(edited to add the last 2 paragraphs that were inadvertently omitted.)

[This entry was edited by TillaMurphs on Saturday, August 15, 2009 at 4:39:15 PM.]

RD0668 - Tracing fence line. The white cord at the left is something we stretched between fence post remnants to try and establish the fence line. (16 November 2009 photo)

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