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Point 1: Port Gamble Mill
In July 1853, Josiah Keller chose a sand spit at the mouth of Port Gamble Bay as the site for a sawmill. He and his partners William Talbot, Andrew Pope, and Charles Foster called themselves the Puget Mill Co. and they planned to saw logs for sale in California and across the Pacific. A second mill was added in 1858 and the operation was substantially modernized in the late 1920s. A hardboard mill was added in 1975.

When the mill closed in 1995, it was the oldest continuously operating sawmill in the United States. The modern machinery was sold to other mills.

In 2003, the property is used as a log storage yard and will serve as a ferry landing while the nearby Hood Canal Bridge is repaired.

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Port Gamble mill site, 2003
Photo by David Wilma


Port Gamble mill, 1918
Courtesy Port Gamble Museum Archives

 
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