|Timber Post Office July 2010|
|Historic Timber Rail Depot|
Timber is an obscure community on the upper reaches of the Nehalem River. In the latter part of the 19th century, Forest Grove was the gateway to Northwest Oregon and the access into Northwestern Oregon was from there. Not surprisingly the dominate route was from Forest Grover up Gales Creek. In turn Gales Creek split at Glenwood, now on Oregon 6 the Wilson River highway. If you turned west from there you could summit the coast range and descend along the Wilson River into Tillamook. If you took the north branch, you had easy going for several miles and then had to ascend a steep headwall and once over it you were in the Nehalem river drainage and first crossed the Nehalem River at Timber where if you went up the Nehalem to Cochran the nominal headwaters of the Nehalem you could break over the divide and go down the Salmonberry which is a tributary of the lower reaches of the Nehalem.
Indeed the railroad to Tillamook goes up the Dairy Creek past Buxton and then climbs up past Scofield and slips over the divide into the Nehalem drainage near Timber and goes up the Nehalem to its source and then down the Salmonberry saving about 70 miles on its way to where the Nehalem enters the Pacific Ocean as compared to going down the Nehalem to get to the same place.
In its day there was a significant sawmill adjoining the railroad tracks in the middle of Timber, but now there are only a few scattered houses and the Post office as photographed in July of 2010.