The Rockey Railroad

ROCKEY’S RAILROAD

In 1905 the Rainier Review reported that George Rockey had a logging camp on Fox Creek and employed about 30 men.

 

LOGGING TRAIN RUNS AWAY

November 9, 1906: Three men severely injured, a locomotive and three trucks almost demolished, is the result of a runaway logging train on a steep grade on Rockey’s logging road, two miles from Rainier, Monday afternoon. Clinton Kilby, John Hackett and another of the train crew jumped and escaped with their lives, but were badly hurt.

The train was loaded; Nelson Downing, foreman of the camp, in charge and was backing down when it struck the slippery rails on the grade and got beyond control.

Kilby sustained a frightfully fractured leg, the bone protruding through the flesh. Hackett’s spine was injured and the other man may have suffered internal injuries.

 

ROCKEY MOVING ROAD EQUIPMENT

March 7, 1912: George Rockey is loading some four of five cars of steel rails, which he used for a logging road up Fox Creek, also the engine and cars, and will ship them to South Bend, Washington, where they will be used by Mr. Rockey’s brother.

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