Wallace River

This is the Wallace River, downstream of the different stages comprising Wallace Falls. It was a lovely walk to see the falls, and the middle falls were especially dramatic.

The land was originally granted to Northern Pacific in order to build the transcontinental railroad. James J. Hill gained control of the railway, and then sold 900,000 acres of Washington timberland to his friend (and neighbor in Minneapolis), Friedrich Weyerhäuser. The price was $6 an acre, plus discounted eastbound shipping, which came in handy once the trees started falling. Weyerhaeuser, now a forestry multinational, divested the land surrounding Wallace Falls so that it could become a state park in 1971. It must have been logged immediately prior, as there are many stands of trees in the park that can't be much more than 40 years old.


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