‘Northwest Timber Revival’ Packs ‘Em In to Hoquiam

Saturday’s Northwest Timber Revival at the Polson Museum in Hoquiam was quite a party.

Presented by Horses Cut Shop, the August 30 event celebrated “the rich legacy of Grays Harbor County and the spirit of its residents and businesses that together tamed one of the greatest forests on earth.” Horses Cut Shop is “dedicated to the resurrection of old and the preservation of Americana.”

The day-long event drew attendees both locally and from outside Grays Harbor.  Surveying the evening crowd of “at least a couple hundred, probably more,” Polson Museum Director John Larson said, “There are a lot of people here from Seattle, but we’ve also had a good contingent from Grays Harbor.”  Focusing on the county’s timber legacy and community pride, Timber Revival included an impressive line-up of live bands, vendors, food, history, and an evening logging competition on the grounds of Hoquiam’s historic museum.

Kathy Savoy of Hoquiam attended with her daughter, Sonya. “We were looking for something interesting to do this weekend” she said. “This looked like a family-friendly event that I thought my five year-old would enjoy, and she did.” Captivated by the Polson Museum, Sonya said, “I like to go to museums and look at all the old stuff. I liked the elevator and the model train best!”

One young couple from Mount Vernon browsed the museum, whose model train had their two-year old transfixed. “We’re spending the weekend in Westport” Dad explained. “We just thought we’d stop in and see what’s going on. This is pretty cool,” he said.

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In addition to Horses Cut Shop Americana T-shirts, there was also a ‘beer garden.’ The Cosmopolis Lions served up burgers and hot dogs. Profits from the event go to support the Grays Harbor College Foundation and the Natural Resources Department’s timber technology program “to help train the next generation of timbermen and foresters.”

Located at 1611 Riverside Avenue in Hoquiam, the Polson Museum was built as a home for Polson Logging Co. heir Arnold Polson in 1924. The 6,500 structure was a wedding gift to Arnold from his bachelor uncle, Robert. Considered “one of Hoquiam’s finest surviving mansions,” the site has been a museum since 1976. It features exhibits related to the area’s industrial history, sawmills and deep-woods logging camps.

John Larson observed, “This has been good. I’d like to think we threw an epic party at the Polson and everyone came.”  Larson also said they weren’t expecting morning rain, but made last-minute adjustments to accommodate the weather, which eventually dried out. “It’s been steady all day long” he concluded. “I think people are curious and they’re coming in to see what it’s all about.”

If Saturday’s turn-out was any indication, Timber Revival was good, indeed. Hopefully it’ll be back.