During a recent trip to the Pacific Northwest I visited the Columbia River Gorge Interpretive Center in Stevenson, Washington. Housed in an ultra-modern glass and concrete building, the museum contains excellent exhibits on the nature and history of the area. But what really grabbed me about the place was the heavy equipment sitting out back and the early gas-powered saws tucked under a staircase inside. I referred to the outdoor storage areas as a boneyard because most of the equipment there will never run again. Some of it will find its way into exhibits at this or some other museum, and a few may be scavenged for parts. The rest will remain out back, unlabeled and un-curated, but not unloved—as long as people who are into machines show up to look at them. If you are ever anywhere near Stevenson, WA (on the Columbia River just upstream from the Bonneville Dam) it's worth stopping in at the museum.

 Click the photo on the left side of this page to see these cool old machines.