By Finn J.D. John
Chronicle Columnist 

Offbeat Oregon History: Skunk's 'beautiful pelt' would have been best admired from afar

 

April 11, 2019

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A postcard photo of a tableau of a moonshine still surrounded by happy dwarves, on display at Rock City Gardens in Lookout Mountain, Georgia.

One of the most appealing things about life in rural Western Oregon, around the middle of the last century, was the wildlife. Loggers and mill workers in places like Valsetz and Wendling might not have gotten paid particularly well, but they worked and lived in a real sportsman's paradise; the fishing, hunting, boating and wilderness trekking opportunities were like a second paycheck. Sometimes, as in the case of loggers who ran trap lines on the side, it was a literal second paycheck.

Sometimes, though, folks would get a little too much of a good thing, and all that wildlife would get just...



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