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Life in Clatsop County's company towns

Author delves into touchy topic

Bradwood, a lumber town on the banks of Hunt Creek, was established in 1930. The mill closed in 1962 and a fire in 1965 destroyed most of the facilities. By 1984, only a handful of residents remained.
Thursday, April 12, 2018

Bradwood, Wauna and Westport -- Clatsop County’s historical company towns – are the topic of a lecture at 7 p.m. Thursday, April 19.

Jim Aalberg, author of “Historical Company Towns of Clatsop County,” will take the microphone for the latest in the Clatsop County Historical Society’s Thursday Night Talks.

While “company town” often elicits dreary images of remote coal mining communities, Aalberg’s research suggests those connected to Clatsop County’s towns remember an almost idyllic existence with a sense of community.

The lecture is free and held in the Lovell Showroom at Fort George Brewery, 1483 Duane St., Astoria. Doors open at 6 p.m. for those who want to purchase food or beverages, although no purchase is necessary. Minors are welcome.

The mill town of Wauna was established in 1912 and had a population of 400 by 1919. At its heyday, there were 700 people living in Wauna.

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