Boise sawmill closes in White City, ending 59 year run

When the mill was first brought down from Prospect all the buidling had this original siding on them. Boise replaced most of it with blocks or other types fo wood siding after they purchased the buildings.
When the mill was first brought down from Prospect all the buidling had this original siding on them. Boise replaced most of it with blocks or other types fo wood siding after they purchased the buildings.

After 59 years of service the Boise Mill in White City closed on March 13, 2009.
    
The mill started in 1950 in White City after being brought down from Prospect under the ownership of Olsen Lawyer Lumber. Boise Cascade purchased the mill in 1976. On January 15  of this year, Boise began closing down the sawmill. It employed 59 people, 32 of which lost their jobs and the rest were offered jobs at other Boise plants.
   
Many of the mill’s components will be sent to Idaho where they will be put into service again. Most of the materials are being salvaged and reused for other purposes. Two of the newest buildings on the site will be left standing for use by Boise. The property will continue to be used to store logs for use by other locations. In the mills high production days it ran three shifts a day and produced up to 50 million board feet of lumber annually.
   
For most of us in the Upper Rogue driving by the mill has been a daily routine, the landscape will not seem right without it and its towers standing tall in the sky. For those who live close by the sound of the whistle has been a constant reminder of life in the mill yard. Silence may not be so golden.
By Kathy Sell
Of the Independent
    

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