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When Seneca was a logging town there were logging trucks. The old trucks had eight wheels. They could carry two to three logs. These logs were huge. The trucks didn't have beds in the back of the cab like the logging trucks do today.

Written by a fourth grader

Dude the horse
Dude was an old horse who pulled the car that carried the rails for building the railroad. He was so good at his job, he knew exactly how many steps he had to take and when to stop so the workers could take the rails off. He even worked after he was blind because he had worked for so long that he knew when to go and stop just by listening to the men's voices and the noises around him. He was a sweet, intelligent, and hard-working horse. The men loved him as a companion and as a friend. Old Dude was no ordinary horse, as you can tell!

Written by an eighth grader and two sixth graders

cold in Seneca
Seneca held, and still holds, the record for the lowest temperature in Oregon. On February 10, 1933, Howard Lofh, who ran the Seneca weather station, recorded a record low of fifty-four degrees below zero. He had to get across the river in a boat to get to the weather station. Some people say it could have been colder than fifty-four degrees below zero because the thermometer at the weather station had bottomed out. This piece of Seneca history will live forever!

Written by a fifth grader and a sixth grader

Bear Valley Store

"The Seneca Store was a big part of the booming town. It was connected to a restaurant, bar, and movie theatre. You could buy anything there. They had everything from canned food to electric fans. It was a grocery store, hardware store, and clothes store all in one. The best part was you could pay with money that was called Seneca money. The money was useless anywhere else, but perfect for Seneca. If you bought items from out of town, you were shunned. Overall, it was a perfect store for the town."

Written by an eighth grader and a sixth grader.

log train
The Seneca log trains carried logs from Seneca to the mill in Hines. They would send Ponderosa pine to Hines. At Camp One they would cut down the trees and they would put them on the train. At the mill, the track slanted so the logs would fall into the log pond. Then they would carry the logs up and cut them. Out of all the times they sent the train to Hines they only had one wreck.

Written by a fourth grader

"cheese boxes"
During the time of the railroad construction and logging, some of the people lived in "cheese boxes." The cheese boxes were really small; in fact, these cheese boxes had only one room. They were also yellow, so that is how they got their name. Unfortunately, the bathrooms were outside. So if you had to use the outhouse in the middle of the night, you better bundle up, because Seneca is the coldest place in Oregon. The cheese boxes were all in a little row with the outhouses in back. They were built and in use from 1920-1939. Some of the cheese boxes are still standing today.

Written by a sixth grader

This tipi burner was used to burn the sawdust that was produced from the planer mill in Seneca. It is still standing today. When the mill shut down, the burner had a ton of sawdust in it and there is still a little bit left today. A lot of people used it around their houses for all kinds of stuff. The tipi burner was also called the wigwam burner and many call it by this name. This burner is so old that it has rusted through the outer walls in some places.

Written by a sixth grader

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In the 1930's the Seneca School was built. The employees of the Edward Hines Lumber Company built it. If the kids wanted to play basketball, they would have to shovel snow from the outside court in the winter. There was no gym, so they had PE outside. They did not have a playground. They had a field and a baseball field.

Written by a third grader and a fourth grader.

The swimming pool back in the old days was a booming pool! It was located over by the shops and heated by the steam plant. The pool went down to about nine feet deep. It had a diving board and a shallow end for young kids. It was in Seneca for a long time, and people swam in it every day of the summer. It was a fun place to swim and hang out when it was hot. It was a great investment in the town of Seneca. The pool was closed down years ago because of the concrete cracking, causing people to trip and injure themselves.

Written by two sixth graders.