© Webster & Stevens, ca. 1919, Stacks of lumber drying, Seattle

The Cedar Lumber Manufacturing Company’s mill, located just west of the Ballard Bridge, was the largest in Ballard. At the mill, logs were cut into lumber which was then dried for at least nine months before being sold. The stacks of drying lumber were over 50 feet high. In 1958, these stacks caught fire and burned. Ballard residents remembered the huge blaze for many years. (+)

This reminds me of my grandfather’s “lumberyard” that my brother and me used as adventure playground when we were kids. My grandfather used to be "Wagnermeister", now an extincted job: he was more or less a carpenter who was specialized in the construction of horse carriages and cartwheels (German: "Wagen" = cart, carriage).