Steam Donkey Project #192

Cara Schingeck

Tacoma, United States

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As I look upon this photograph that I shot on that cold November day I realized how the ladder of this beast, this machinery which mangled my Grandfather’s foot is now mangled as well.

I am also now thinking about how the snowflakes fell near but not on my face nor on my camera on that day that I took this photograph.

I did not care about the snow at that time or how it may ruin my camera gear…I was just focused on the need to capture the beast.

But, now I look at these photographs and those snow flakes and how it did not bother my photograph, my lens or my view because a slight breeze blew by me just at the right time to give me shot so I could get the right perspective that I wanted…to look up and see the ladder…to look up and up higher and capture immense the machine was and how ominous it felt, how powerful, yet, the snowflakes also created the effect that the monster faded away but the ladder stood strong and solid…

I wonder about how this image was able to come to be and how these moments in time to create a view of something that ended up to be of a piece of history related to my family history…

Was it just luck?
Was it intuition?
Was it something else?

Maybe all of the above guided by my grandfather on that snowy day…he climbed out of that beast years ago and he is now up higher and higher…rising above and watching over me and all of us in my family…he was still giving me guidance on that particular day.

Just some thoughts today as I look at my photograph of the beast, the steam donkey and think of my grandfather

The beast now sits in a museum in a park located in Tacoma, Washington, USA. The park itself may soon be gone because the not enough people want to take care of the park which takes care of the beast.


Canon PowerShot 3100 IS, iso 800, no flash, meter center weighted average
Date/Time November 21 2010, 3:46 pm
location Tacoma, Washington

*Steam Donkey Project Update – Closure of Camp 6
Point Defiance Park, Pacific Northwest, Tacoma, Washington, USA

I just found out last night that this logging museum is on the “brink of closing” even though it is one of the only logging museums in Western Washington that shows the history of steam-logging for the past 47 years.

The problem of course is money.

The museum is located in Tacoma’s Point Defiance park. It has funded itself through donations, train rides and a small souvenir-book store but this revenue dropped 40% from the year before.

The Camp 6 logging museum is just one example of Tacoma’s sad state of affairs as far as honoring history recently. Other historical landmarks are on the chopping block in this mecca for Washington State history including the Washington State History Museum itself! Yes, this is even scheduled to be closed soon.*

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