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Bradbury to talk on early logging; Kamiah program is Feb. 19

— John Bradbury will speak to the Lewis County Historical Society Monday, Feb. 19, at 2:15 p.m. in Kamiah at the Welcome Center, 518 Main Street next to the Kamiah Valley Museum.

Bradbury will tell about the beginning of logging in the Clearwater Drainage, starting with the Weyerhaeuser purchase of the timber, the sawmill at Elk River, the horse logging at Headquarters and the log drives on the Clearwater River. He will also discuss Headquarters in the early days and what it was like to grow up in a company owned town.

Bradbury was born in Orofino and raised at Headquarters. A graduate of the University of Idaho, the University of Michigan Law School and a U.S. Army Veteran, he practiced law at Seattle and Anchorage before he retired back to Idaho where he served eight years as a District Judge for Lewis, Clearwater, and Idaho counties.

In retirement, he has been involved in historical work. For several years, he served on the Boards for the Clearwater Historical Society and the Museum in Orofino. During that time, he published a book, “Frontier History Along Idaho’s Clearwater River: Pioneers, Miners, & Lumberjacks.” The Museum at Pierce is named after his father, the Howard Bradbury Memorial Museum.

Bradbury will bring many old pictures of the old growth forests, putting logs on the flumes, logs on pontoons, and much more to share throughout his presentation. He may also bring some artifacts that connect to his talk.


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