The cast of characters in Elizabeth Poehlman's book, Darrington: Mining Town/Timber Town reads like a Wild West novel set in Paul Bunyan country. But this is no novel - Poehlman has written a memorable small-town history.
Author: Elizabeth S. Poehlman
The cast of characters in Elizabeth Poehlman's book, Darrington: Mining Town/Timber Town reads like a Wild West novel set in Paul Bunyan country. But this is no novel - Poehlman has written a memorable small-town history. The book starts in the late 1800s with the struggles of Chief Wawetkin and the Sauk-Suiattle Indians to deal with the onset of miners and settlers throughout their homelands deep in what would soon be renamed the North Cascades mountains in the new state of Washington. Subsequent chapters feature gold-fevered miners (and a revenge murder); a hotel owner who asked to be deputized for a half hour to deal with a knife-wielding drunk the sheriff couldn't handle; the town doctor who kept a bear cub as a pet; the "sky pilot" minister who was too scared to preach in the rough railroad logging camps, opting to show slides instead; the Tarheels who followed the timber industry from North Carolina and brought their love of bluegrass and moonshine; the Depression-era housewife who distrusted banks and stashed her family's savings around her waist in a hidden money belt - enough to almost pay off their land and house. Darrington, as Poehlman learned while living there, may be backwoods, but never boring.
When the Northern Pacific Railroad arrived in 1882, the settlement was relocated
(to the present location) and given the name Big Timber. With the completion of
the railroad in 1883, the settlement became a town that quickly started to ...
Author: Leslie Paulson Stryker
Publisher: Arcadia Publishing
Big Timber, watched over by the Crazy Mountains of Southwest Montana, has always been named for its natural surroundings. Big Timber was originally founded in the late 1800s. An Irish immigrant named the settlement Dornix, from the Gaelic word durnog, which when translated means a rock that fits in the hand and is handy for throwing, and there are indeed many such rocks around the region. In 1883, however, when complications with the railroad forced the town to move to its present-day location, it was renamed Big Timber, for the grand and plentiful cottonwood trees along the banks of the nearby Boulder and Yellowstone Rivers. Pioneers began arriving in earnest around 1890, bringing with them sheep, and by 1892, Big Timber was among the worlds largest exporters of wool. Later, when a fire devastated the town, the community stood together to rebuild.