Washington County, Columbus Day Storm damage

Title

Washington County, Columbus Day Storm damage

Description

Black and white image of large pines that have been knocked down, with a Volkswagen van parked beneath them. Billions of board feet of timber were flattened by the winds generated by the storm, similar to the 1933 Tillamook Burn in Oregon, but the Tillamook Fire had destroyed trees in a concentrated area. The Columbus Day Storm blew threw thousands of square miles of timber, creating an impossible tangle of downed trees and tree limbs which rendered many areas near inaccessible. Concerned about potential bark beetle infestations fed by thousands of dead and dying trees and the potential for hazardous forest fires the next summer, private and government timber interests embarked upon one of the largest timber salvage operations in modern history.

Date Created

1962-10

Medium

photographic prints

Language

English

Identifier

WCMpic_012676

Rights

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Collection