Vintage logging gear enthralls visitors at Camp 18 Restaurant and its logging museum.
Named for the closest mile marker on Oregon’s Highway 26 near Elsie, Camp 18 Restaurant and its companion logging museum take an outsize approach to everything. That’s only natural, since the industry they celebrate handles raw materials on a massive scale.
The sprawling, open-air collection of gear is a monument to the science of harvesting trees of great stature. There’s a grapple big enough to heft a trainload of logs; the feller-buncher can grab, cut, and gather several conifers at a time. The restaurant, opened in 1986, shows off the lumber. The 14,000-square-foot structure of hand-notched logs is capped by an 85-foot trunk weighing 25 tons.
“We put up that ridgepole and built around it,” says owner and former logger Gordon Smith. “It took me six years, and I cut every board in the building.” As for the food, try cutting through a stack of barbecued ribs, a corned beef sandwich big enough for lunch and dinner, or one of the plate-size cinnamon rolls. You’ll come away with new respect for timber fallers’ legendary appetites. (503) 755-1818, camp18restaurant.com.
Photography by Robbie McClaran
This article was first published in January 2013. Some facts may have aged gracelessly. Please call ahead to verify information.