1975 DNR Trail Map Photos
Images donated by Cathy Cooper

First timber claims in what would become Capitol Forest.

A Utopian society from Brooklyn, New York takes up residence in the forest. Most of the members do not
last past the first winter.

Start of logging in the forests of the Black Hills.

Washington becomes the 42nd state, and Congress grants it 5,000 acres in the area that would become
Capitol Forest.

Start of logging camp that would become the town of Bordeaux.

Devastating forest fires.

The forest is harvested by railroad logging companies. More than 80 percent of the forest is logged; some
major forest fires burn and re burn over part of the Black Hills. Over 100 miles of railroads were built
through out the Black Hills. Many rail beds later became trails and roads that are still used today.

Logging town of Bordeaux, in what is now Capitol Forest has a population of 300-500.

With support from foresters, the Legislature acts to assure the long-term timber supply, and starts what
would become Capitol State Forest by authorizing:

Purchase of 52,000 acres of logged, burned-over land for 50 cents per acre.

Transfer of suitable, tax-defaulted lands from the counties to the state Forest Board, to be managed
FOREVER as commercial forest. 14,000 acres are eventually transferred.

Bordeaux becomes a ghost town.

Civilian Conservation Corps plants 7 million seedlings in Capitol Forest from Wedekind Planting Camp. The
public is kept out of Capitol Forest to prevent devastating wildfires.

Capitol Forest opens for public recreation and other uses, provided they do not conflict with meeting the
needs of the resources and the trusts.

Cedar Creek Corrections Camp is created. Inmates help in forest management, planting thinning, fighting
forest fires and trail maintenance.      

Forest management continues under the newly created Department of Natural resources.

First commercial thinning of forest to promote a healthier forest.

15,000 acres added to the forest.

Capitol Forest becomes the first block of state land in Washington to have its own sustainable harvest
described and regulated under a forest plan.

10,000 acres added to the forest.

Since 1980 forest timber has increased 1 billion board feet.

Scientific studies of ecological relationships, harvest patterns, aesthetics, economics, and forest stand
growth are begun in the forest. Information from the studies will help DNR develop a new plan to manage
Capitol Forest.

DNR maps historic sites in Capitol Forest to protect remnants of its heritage.

Historical video Austin Hildreth and Jim Graham out for a bike ride with big southeast views from low C-7000
no longer visible due to the healthy and rapidly growing reprod Douglas Fir.
More Historical Videos Here.
CAPITOL FOREST...the Forest that Came Back (122mb)

1975 DNR Published Capitol Forest History File Donated by Dale Van Kirk
Capitol Forest History
Photo by Derek Pearson