14 Gold Basin

While there's a large campground on the north side of the highway, there is a well-marked interpretive site with a nice parking lot on the south side. A short walk takes you to the old mill pond of the Gold Basin Lumber and Shingle Company, which operated a mill at this site for a few years, starting about 1910. The Hempel and Rohde families were early homesteaders here, and the small community supported a nearby school at 22 Creek. We are fortunate to have pictures not only of the school and various community members, but we even have some unique "transportation" pictures, showing how the children went to school on a horse-drawn sled, or the Hempel family went to Granite Falls using a foot and arm powered three-wheeled rail speeder, called a "velocipede"!