Thanks to a generous donation from the Mason County Master Builders, the iconic Shelton Log Monument at Overlook Park is getting some much needed restoration work. Starting this week, crews will be sanding off excess dirt and graffiti, applying various protective sealers, and
repainting the routed text in an effort to preserve the monument for generations to come.
The Log Monument is a 10-foot diameter, 2.5-foot thick cross section of a Douglas Fir tree from the Grisdale operation of the Simpson Logging Company. The Douglas Fir used for the monument was 224 feet tall and 664 years old when it was cut down in 1953. The Upper half is engraved with the “City of Shelton”, followed by “Home of the Evergreen Forest”. The monument was erected by the Mason County Forest Festival Association in 1953 in commemoration of 100 years of commercial logging in Mason County from 1853 – 1953. A short insert in the “Story of the Monument” states, “The monument is dedicated to keeping green forests and to preserving forever the source of raw materials which provide work and happy living for all of us.”
Shelton artisans Rudy Werberger, Gil Oswald, A. D. Clarence Beauchamp, and Dave James counted the rings on the log and made a timeline of significant historical events. Rings marked with dates in white letters depict important events in world history such as the Great Plaque of 1348, the birth of Galileo in 1564, the landing of the Mayflower at Plymouth Rock in 1620, and the commencement of the first logging activities in Mason County in 1853.
The Mason County Master Builders have taken a long-term interest in preserving this important monument. In 2004, the organization paid for the construction of the existing roof that protects the logs from direct exposure to the weather. “I am very pleased to be a part of this project and am grateful for the continued support from Mason County Master Builders,” said Community Development Director Mark Ziegler. “The preservation of significant community resources is vital to our heritage and one more example of the great community we call home. As a popular meetings space and photo opportunity, the preservation of the log monument is important for Shelton residents and visitors alike.”