Monday, August 10, 2009

My World Tuesday #44 - Hamilton Stack

There is one landmark in Stanwood that is readily seen from many directions. It is the Hamilton Stack.

Hamilton Stack

Between the 1880s and 1916, several small shingle mills operated at the site of the stack. In 1916, a new mill was built on the site and in 1923, the mill was purchased and operated by the Clough Lumber Company.

In 1927, a smokestack known as the "Hamilton Stack" was constructed to elevate the smoke from burning refuse so it wouldn't blow into Stanwood. The mill ceased operations in the early 1930's and was later purchased by the Hamilton family around 1945. They still own a lumber company in town however the mill itself finally closed down in 1960.

Today the stack is still a major landmark and is seasonally decorated with lights by volunteers from the Lion's Club and fire department.

Decorations at Top of Stack

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Information on the Hamilton Stack provided by HistoryLink.org.

16 comments:

James said...

That is so tall. I'm always drawn to things like this. I would hate to be the person in charge of decorating way up there.

Regarding moving to the Seattle area. In the early to mid 1990's that was our dream and we came pretty close to doing it. Infact when my navy enlistment was up in 1990 I offered to reenlist if they would gaurante 4yrs in Bremerton.

Who knows? Maybe someday.

Sylvia K said...

Really terrific shot, Sally! I'm drawn to those "tall" things, too! But I wouldn't want to have to do the decorating up top!!

Have a great week!
Sylvia

Gaelyn said...

I remember seeing that stack and thinking it looked out of place. Now I get it. Thanks Sally.

Couldn't get your Mom's latest post to open. Hope she is well.

Carolyn said...

I always amazed that these tall stacks are often the last thing standing and they always seem most vulnerable. Great shots. Have a great week.
Smiles

chrome3d said...

That´s a wonderful landmark to have and the decorations on top of it make it special.

Lew said...

The stack must make a heck of a Christmas display! nice shots and interesting landmark. Glad they did not destroy it.

Jan's Place USA and Mt Forest Pictures said...

How have I missed that? Maybe I saw it, but didn't see it, if you know what I mean.

Sometimes the things that are always there, just are not obvious!

Next time I am up that way.. I will be looking for it!

I finally got my post up, was a bit busy with family member in the hospital tonight.

SandyCarlson said...

That is one tall tower! Must be something to see those lights--and to get them up there!

Esther Garvi said...

What a cool building! So different from anything I've ever seen!

This Is My Blog - fishing guy said...

Sally: That is really a neat construction. I like the decorations at the top.

Snap said...

That is cool! I've seen stacks in small towns when driving through -- all to mark a little history. Thanks for this one!

Reader Wil said...

Thanks for sharing your tall landmark with us. Great idea to decorate it!

Happily Retired Gal said...

Fascinating landmark ... thanks for sharing ;--)
Hugs and blessings,

Ebie said...

Sally! Wow! That is a great tall stack! I am not sure about the decor.

Small City Scenes said...

HI. glad you posted about the Hamilton stack. I love the different seasonal decorations. Good post. MB

Michelle Johnson said...

Great shot and interesting history. I took a picture once of a stack in Morehead, KY because it bore my family's middle name: Lee.