Our Pictorial Past | Cutting wood in Palisades

Getting enough wood for cooking and heating in the winter was a problem for early settlers in Palisades. At first, willows and cottonwood trees were cut. Ties from the railroad were later used for stove wood and when the apple trees were big enough to prune, applewood was cut. This photo, from 1920, shows Otto Allmendinger sawing wood with a buzz saw, powered by a one-cylinder gas engine, which was also used to run a washing machine. (Provided photo/Wenatchee World archives)