Enumclaw logging memorial soon to become reality

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By Brenda Sexton

The Courier-Herald

For those who have been waiting to make a donation toward the effort to erect a “logging legacy” sculpture in downtown Enumclaw, now is the time.

The Logging Legacy Foundation Board, a group of local citizens working to create a world-class bronze sculpture in Enumclaw, has announced it recently received a $50,000 anonymous donation that will match dollar for dollar every donation up to $50,000 over the next six months.

According to board member Steve Moergeli, as of Jan. 10, cash donations and pledges for the project total $240,615.

“We think now with this $50,000 and with the year-end donations we received it's a great time for those people that were waiting to see if it was going to happen to donate. It's going to happen,” Moergeli said.

Fund raising for the project, which will serve as a memorial for loggers, not just from the Plateau, but the state and across the country, began in earnest in 2005.A thermometer marking the board's fund-raising progress has been erected in Enumclaw's Goodwill Park in front of the library on Griffin Avenue. This is the site of the future memorial.

Project planners have collected 51.2 percent of the $470,000 budget. The group needs $100,000 by June 30 to begin work on the project. Its top priority is to start the work at the foundry, but site work is also expected to begin this year. The entire project will take nearly a year.

The bronze, steel and sandstone sculpture of a “puncher,” the man who used oxen or horses to drag fallen trees out of the forest, was created by Enumclaw artist Dan Snider. When complete, it will lie 40 feet from oxen horn tip to the end of the log dragging behind. It will stand 16 feet off the ground with a four-foot sandstone base and 12 feet of bronze.

For those who need more information, a presentation is scheduled for 7 p.m. Feb. 8 at Green River Community College's Enumclaw campus.

Tax-deductible donations may be made to the Logging Legacy, P.O. Box 98, Enumclaw. There is also an account for donations at Mt. Rainier National Bank in Enumclaw. For more information contact Poe at 360-825-3061.

Brenda Sexton can be reached at

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