Oxbow rain


February 16, 2023

Courtesy of Mason County Historical Museum

Water tanks are pictured at an unidentified Simpson Logging Co. camp.

The following story is from the Feb. 2, 1939, edition of the Shelton-Mason County Journal. Oxbow is in the Wynoochee River drainage area.

At Simpson Logging Company's Camp 5, about as far from the famous Wynoochee Oxbow as a big scowling rain cloud can blow in two minutes, twin tanks perch beside the railroad track.

Offhand, you'd say they were water tanks, but loggers up in that neck of the woods will chuckle and tell you you're wrong .... they're "rain gauges" ... Oxbow rain gauges. And after squinting over records of Oxbow rainfall, heaviest in the nation, it is understandable. They ne...

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