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I have had a life-long interest in photography. An interest in the outdoors and natural resource management led to employment with the National Park Service and later the US Forest Service. During this time I developed a special interest in caves, bats, and nature in general. I am now retired, but continue assisting agencies as an environmental engineering consultant. Travel, and many days spent in the field, provide ample opportunity for photography. Many of the photos shown here are the result of finding myself in unique or little-visited locations. I hope you enjoy the photos as much as I do taking them.

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Thanks for sharing, Jim!

I agree it looks more like a smelter, though it is definitely a mill. There is an extensive treatise in “The Journal of the Society for Industrial Archaeology” prepared by Fredric L. Quivik (http://www.historycooperative.org/journals/sia/29.2/quivik.html) describing the difficulty of processing the complex ores at Bodie and the solutions that were developed over time. The article makes for very interesting reading for anyone interested in, or familiar with, ore processing. This was one of the first mills in the west powered by electricity. They also used cyanide leaching to extract gold values from mill tailings, making the mill profitable.

Great information, wonderful area.

Lyle, formerly Klickitat Landing. In 1880 the name was changed to Lyle by James O. Lyle who purchased the donation land claim from J. M. Williamson, and platted a town site. A wood yard provided cordwood for the steam-powered sternwheelers that made frequent stops to drop off passengers and pick up freight. In 1882 the O.R & N. railroad was completed on the Oregon Side of the Columbia. Passenger service across the river to Rowena started to pick up at this time, as well as transfer of produce and cattle from the Klickitat Valley. By 1888 heavier equipment was required, including the addition of a bigger ferry, the “Wilma” which later hauled automobiles. The automobile ferry remained active until about 1922, when highway construction eliminated need for the service. In 1889 farmers found that wagon transportation to Lyle was inadequate for their needs resulting in organization of the Columbia Valley & Goldendale Railroad (The old grade is just right of the bridges). The idea was to create a feeder line that would connect with the promised S.P.& S., North Bank Line construction progressed slowly on the C.V. & G. which was not completed until 1903. Locomotives, a steam shovel and 55 rail cars were ferried across the river and placed on the tracks. The long awaited completion of the North Bank Line was delayed until 1908. This was bad for the farmers but good for the ferry business. Large shipments of wheat, and sheep were transferred to the O.R & N. for shipment east. The largest buildings in the county appeared along the tracks, in response to the increasing business. This transformed Lyle from a sleepy village into a town in short order. This continued until about 1915 when the sheep business sharply declined and riverboats went off the river.

Thanks Jim. I think I knew that at one point but forgot over the years.

I agree fully, the desert is unique and its vastness is tragically beautiful and so is its peace and silence!

Interesting photo. This person does seem to have some issues.


I live in a small town on the ocean coast. More than 95% of the land here is covered by forests.


Sure does look cold!

You going to tell me you took this picture?


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