Name: Timber, Oregon
GPS: 45.720605, -123.295563
Take Highway 26 West towards the Coast. Follow the signs to Seaside. Take a left at Timber Road after 36.5 miles. Timber is three miles up the road along the Nehalem River. The town is mostly at the bottom of the hill, but the Post Office is halfway up the hill.
There isn’t a lot of information about the now ghost town of Timber. A post office was established at this location on March 11, 1901 along the Pacific Railway and Navigations Companies Railroad. It was six miles north of Glenwood, and like the name suggests, was likely a location for trains to load up logs cut in the nearby hills. Joseph Burgholzer was the first post master.
The town seems like it was a pretty busy depot, serving at least one log train a day and possibly more. It’s estimated that there were probably 400-500 citizens, including those who worked the lumber camps up on the hills.
According to History of Oregon, Volume One by Charles Henry Carey, two US Army soldiers who died in World War I were both from Timber. Robert Christensen died from Pneumonia, while Edwin Smith was killed in action.
During the early 20th Century, rail roads had a huge problem making the trains pay for themselves. A typical train would handle both passengers and freight, but could still be under utilized. The Union Pacific commissioned the McKeen Motor Car Company of Omaha, Nebraska to build a series of self propelled single car locomotives dedicated to passenger service. One of these rare locomotives was seen, and photographed in Timber in 1924.
In 1948, Measure 3 was approved on November 2. This Measure established a delinquent boys camp at nearby Reeher’s Camp, an old CCC Camp.
Since then, history has been less than kind to Timber. The population has shrunk significantly, and timber trains no longer pass through the town on a regular basis.
The area around Timber is known for bird watching.