The Camp 6 Logging Museum in Point Defiance Park is getting new day-to-day management –the Western Forest Industries Museum which owns the logging display.
The Industries Museum’s board of director has voted to end its management contract with the Tacoma Chapter of the National Railway Historical Society that has managed Camp 6 with volunteers for more than 20 years and has been involved with Camp 6 since 1980.
Camp 6 is a living, hands-on demonstration of Washington State’s logging and railroad history from the 1880’s through the 1940’s. The Industries Museum leases the 14-acre site from Metro Parks Tacoma for $500 a year.
“We hope to preserve Camp 6. The tracks, trains and exhibits at the Camp are a reminder of Washington’s rich logging history,” Alan Macpherson, spokesman for the Western Forest Industries Museum, said in a press release today. “But maintaining the museum has become difficult, so we’re looking for a new solution.”
The WFIM board has asked Camp 6 volunteer Rick Bacon to take over daily management at the museum while the board evaluates long-term changes.
“Metro Parks is working closely with WFIM following their decision,” said Shon Sylvia, Director of Recreation & Community Services. “Through our Point Defiance Park master planning process, we will also work with the community to determine the best use of the site, both for the immediate future and the long-term as well.”
Attendance and the condition of the collection have been in decline recently, according to the press release. Ridership of the historic trains at Camp 6 dropped 40 percent last year, from 5,982 in 2009 to 3,600 in 2010.
The Western Forest Industries Museum also owns the Mount Rainier Scenic Railroad in Mineral, Washington.