Document Type


Date of Degree Completion

Spring 2003

Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)


Resource Management

Committee Chair

Tracy J. Andrews

Second Committee Member

Nancy B. Hultquist

Third Committee Member

Patrick T. McCutcheon


The Sauk River Lumber Company (SRLC) operated in western Washington's Sauk River valley between 1922 and 1954. Impacts made on the landscape during that time can still be identified. Archival research, oral history interviews and archaeological fieldwork were undertaken to identify and evaluate the many landscape features associated with the SRLC's timber harvest activities. The systematic identification and documentation of this single company's logging operations and the features that resulted from those operations can be used to assist cultural resource managers facing the same task elsewhere. Maps, diagrams, and photographs are included to provide resource managers with basic tools and methods for the identification of railroad logging features, their probable locations, and the extent and likelihood of linked components. Suggestions are made regarding features' eligibility for listing on the National Register of Historic Places, both as individual sites and as components of a historic district.