OLD abandoned mill site

OLD abandoned mill site

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Patrick Hart

Portland, OR

#1 Jun 2, 2011
I am 25 years old and now currently reside in Portland, Oregon. My father ran the Big Creek Lodge Motel when I was roughly 4-9 years old, attending the local school from kindergarten until 4th grade, I played teeball and little league for years, my father was even coach for a season. I remember when we used to cater to the loggers that came into town every so often. I have many fond memories of this town and the people in it, soon after the mill shut down my father moved us to Chico, Ca. in search of his masters degree only to pass away the next year, I have been living in Oregon ever since. It makes me sad to hear, having just started looking up my hometown tonight for the first time in years that the folk are having to resort to drug dealing, hopefully that is only a select few bad eggs. I wish I could go visit my old home, though I feel I might wind up being depressed, apparently my home, the motel, is shoddy at best now, my father would be saddened, he took so much care in making that place the best he could.
sorry

Platina, CA

#2 Jun 3, 2011
Its good that you moved .Times are very tough here .A lot of low line drug dealers have come here from all over the country for this so called green rush .As for the lodge it has been ran down and its sad for are community because its the only place where you can put someone up for a night in hayfork .As a side note its good that you care about your roots and you can help your old home town by letting city people know that thinning the forest is needed .the fires here are getting worst every year .And we need to get the word out about the damage these fires are doing to the peoples forest.Take care...
Tony

Seattle, WA

#3 Jun 6, 2011
I grew up immediately next to that mill. Of course I remember Big Creek Motel, I lived only a hundred feet from the creek and a half mile from the motel.

Its a shell of its former self, and from what I hear can't be trusted to stay in any longer. What a shame.
Joyland

Douglasville, GA

#4 Aug 22, 2011
Patrick Hart wrote:
I am 25 years old and now currently reside in Portland, Oregon. My father ran the Big Creek Lodge Motel when I was roughly 4-9 years old, attending the local school from kindergarten until 4th grade, I played teeball and little league for years, my father was even coach for a season. I remember when we used to cater to the loggers that came into town every so often. I have many fond memories of this town and the people in it, soon after the mill shut down my father moved us to Chico, Ca. in search of his masters degree only to pass away the next year, I have been living in Oregon ever since. It makes me sad to hear, having just started looking up my hometown tonight for the first time in years that the folk are having to resort to drug dealing, hopefully that is only a select few bad eggs. I wish I could go visit my old home, though I feel I might wind up being depressed, apparently my home, the motel, is shoddy at best now, my father would be saddened, he took so much care in making that place the best he could.
GIVE ME A BREAK!! That motel was a dump when I brought my son up there on a fishing trip when he was 10 years old and he is now 42, so don't romanticize that dump. While we were there somebody tried to break into our room with us in it because the locks did not work properly.
chris mcarthur ca

Mcarthur, CA

#5 Jul 9, 2012
I, too, grew up in Hayfork in the 50's & 60's. It breaks my heart to see how things have changed. It was a great place to grow up then. Logging was booming, the mills were running, and life was pretty laid back. And not because of chemicals. I never saw anyone do drugs until I left the valley. We didn,t have a lot of things to do, but we had a lot of fun with our friends. It seems the more "things" we have the worse it is for some. I guess you really can't go home again.
win

United States

#6 Sep 15, 2012
The staford fire burned most of the trees in the back ground of this photo .I beg the forest service to please get what can be salvaged out so there will not be so much fuel for the next fire.

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