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PostTue Aug 24, 2021 1:23 pm 

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PostTue Aug 24, 2021 1:58 pm 
Hi.  Where is that?  the stream looks beautiful.
It's surprising the number of cabins that are and were out there.

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PostTue Aug 24, 2021 4:28 pm 
Wow it looks hammered wink.gif

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PostWed Aug 25, 2021 12:50 pm 
This is in Olympic National Park.

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PostThu Aug 26, 2021 8:19 am 
I had never heard of the Hammer Cabin, but I found this on the ONP historic resource page:

"Over a period of more than fifty years, numerous hardy, independent miners prospected in the North Fork Skokomish area, hopeful of making valuable finds of copper, silver, iron or manganese. Over 400 claims were filed in the valley between 1880 and 1942 (Keatts 1982, 8). The names of many early prospectors are remembered by a few remaining oldtime local residents. Prospecting pits, cuts, tunnels, mine tailings and other irregular holes and humps of earth, together with fallen or partially collapsed wood structures and associated scattered artifacts, are not unlikely occurrences throughout the Lake Cushman Mining District. The collapsed Chris Hammer cabin is presently a visible reminder of years of active mining in the North Fork Skokomish area."

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PostFri Aug 27, 2021 10:58 am 
Chris Hammer trapped and mine in the area from 1901(or 06?)-1920, when he was found dead in the cabin, Sears & Roebuck form filled out for a trip to town. Apparently he went to town 3 or 4 times a year, a 20+ mile trek. The AMS bottle is prohibition-era "medicinal whiskey", by prescription only.

His grave is somewhere nearby, but it's probably long lost to the forest. I got stung by a wasp and had to hightail it out of the area, so I didn't get a chance to explore as much as I wanted. I'll be back. Next time I'll try to follow Hammer's old trail, but there's A LOT of blowdown in the neighborhood.

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