Day 144

Steinway Creek

May 22nd, 2012

Once upon a time, the famed Steinway piano company had the wood for its pianos shipped in the form of log rafts, floated down from New England to its factory (located just out of frame to the right) here on Steinway Creek. These waters were actually quite worldly in those days; the old Astoria lumber companies would order exotic wood from around the globe and have the logs delivered by steamers into holding pens at the mouth of the creek. Here's a 1925 photo showing the factory and the creek, as well as the holding pens.

One Comment

  1. Karen Too says:

    This reminds me a bit of when I lived in the South, and used to play along the banks of the Mississippi.

    At one point, using found items around the bank, I built a raft, and tried to launch it in the river.

    Unfortunately (or fortunately, depending on one’s perspective), I did not have the right materials handy for properly lashing it together, and it fell apart before I got very far.

    Still, it was a lot of fun. :-)

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