Mine Warehouse

Mine Warehouse

July 1999 Photo by David Bangs

Stand on the boardwalk a few feet from this building and look down the front of the shops and you will notice a definite curve. This was not the result of some warped siding; it was built that way in 1925 by E.J. Anderson. The building originally was located at the corner of Front and Sunset Way along a spur line of the Northern Pacific Railway. The bend in the building coincides with the bend in the track. Buildings on the other side of the intersection are angled in much the same way.

Historically the building was a warehouse for the hay and feed arriving from eastern Washington. It was also said to store timbers for the mines. It was the business place for the pioneer Wold family for decades.

Under terms of the 50-year lease from the railroad, all buildings had to be removed from the site when the lease expired, April 1, 1975. In March of that year, the warehouse was separated from the main building, cut into four sections and reassembled, curve and all, at the present location.