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Humptulips

Once a logging center and is now an area of small ranches on the Humptulips River north of Aberdeen. The name is from the Quinault word Ho-to-la-bixh, meaning “hard to pole.” The phrase relates to the Humptulips River, on which Native Americans used to propel their canoes with poles.

By the 1940s, the town was the center of a small farming community, a few unpainted frame buildings stood on a bench above the Humptulips River. Humptulips was the logging outlet for the famous “21-9” (township 21, range 9) stand of Douglas fir, the greatest in the Northwest. Towering timber stood so dense that trees had to be felled in the same direction for lack of space. In one of the Humptulips saloons of that time, a garrulous foreman boasted: “Give me enough snoose and Swedes and I’ll log 21-9 like it was a hayfield, dump the toothpicks into the south fork and ride ’em to tidewater like they was rocking horses.”

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