The terminal of the Tacoma Eastern Railroad. Built along both sides of the highway on the side of a mountain, it overlooks a valley and the roofs of National’s mill and close-grouped cottages. Some of the employees of the mill live in Ashford, and other mill hands frequently drive the short distance to find relaxation in the Ashford tavern.
Ashford has lost much of its importance as a log-shipping center, and relies for the bulk of its livelihood on the trade of recreation seekers. Bear, deer, and other game animals are common in the adjoining region, and parties make it a point of departure for hunting expeditions.
Ashford is a community in the upper Nisqually Valley west of the Nisqually Park entrance to Mount Rainier National Park, in southeast Pierce County. It was named for Walter A. and Cora Ashford, who platted it in 1904, after purchasing the land from Northern Pacific Railway Company.