Back In Time

These photos of historic Rainier are part of a wide collection of items that supporters of the Rainier Historical Museum want to preserve and put on public display.

This weekend you can catch a film and presentations that reflect early life and work in and around Rainier. On Saturday, Sept. 7, the Rainier Oregon Historical Museum will host a showing of “God’s Country and the Woman.”

The movie will reportedly show scenes from the Clark and Wilson Mill in Prescott in 1937, and the first scene of the movie shows a giant tree being felled while Spirit Lake and Mt. St. Helens loom in the background. Admission is free, and the film will run at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. in City Council Chamber.

There will be presentations upstairs in the museum about cigar rafts and the early history of local mills and logging operations in Rainier and surrounding areas. They will be held at 11:30 a.m., 11:45 a.m., 12:15 p.m., 12:30 p.m., and 3:15 p.m. The presentations will include the history of the Yeon-Pelton logging incline and the history of Prescott.

Bring the kids – they can load logs with a logging grapple and have fun with a logging matching game.

“There will be a lot of history being shared,” Museum President Kay Heflin said. “Our museum has tripled in size since we opened two years ago. I have some interesting pictures of the Simon Benson log rafts that will be a part of my presentation.”

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