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Selleck is a former company town in Washington, located at 47°22′33″N 121°52′0″W. As the sole surviving company mill town in King County, it is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and as a King County landmark. Founded in 1908 and located in southeast King County, the town of Selleck was the company town of Pacific States Lumber, under the direction of lumberman Frank Selleck. By the time it was completed in 1916, it was reached by the world's highest railway trestle, 204 feet above the Cedar River. The mill played a significant role in the rebuilding of Tokyo after the 1923 Great Kantō earthquake. At that time many Japanese workers and their families came to Selleck. This was not the first time Japanese workmen were brought to the mill. The Japanese area outside the main town was officially known as Lavender Town (after the owner of a local saloon and general store), but was better known as Jap Town. Children of the Japanese workers attended the Selleck School, and also attended a Japanese-language school on Wednesday and Saturday mornings. However, few traces remain of Lavender Town today, not even grave markers (which are believed to have been made of wood). The only visible indication of the former Japanese presence is a pond landscaped with bamboo. Hence, Selleck's landmark designations do not include the former Lavender Town, because so few traces remain. It is possible that future archaeological excavations might yield evidence that would lead to such a designation. At its peak, Selleck had a population of 900 and had a hospital, a hotel, a community hall where hundreds of people came to weekly dances, a school and several mill buildings. However, Pacific States Lumber declared bankruptcy in 1939, bringing an end to the era of Selleck's prosperity. The town of Selleck went through a series of owners—the first purchased it for a mere $3,000—before Robert Schaefer, a general contractor from Renton, Washington, put together an investor group to buy the town in 1971. Schaefer's vision for the town was not fully achieved. He hoped to restore the millpond, with paddleboats, a train running around the pond, and something of a logging theme park. However, this proved impossible due to a combination of wetlands regulation and lack of sufficient funding. There were serious problems with the town's water system in the 1990s. As of 2007, the town is managed through Selleck, Inc. by Robert Schaefer's son Tim Schaefer. The former two-story schoolhouse remains—Tim Schaefer has converted part of it into an apartment for himself and his family—and the former community hall is also now a residence. About half of the original single-story company houses remain, and about 90 people live in 20 bungalows. A four-bedroom house in Selleck rents for about what a two-bedroom apartment costs in more accessible parts of the county.

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Booming mill in Selleck cut down by depression, labor disputes .... Frank Selleck's home is in the foreground while the Selleck School is in the background..
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Booming mill in Selleck cut down by depression, labor disputes .... The rebuilt Selleck School, completed in 1930, now serves as the Pacific States Condominiums.
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Booming mill in Selleck cut down by depression, labor disputes .... This home is one of 15 company houses that comprise the Selleck historical district. This.
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A short history of Selleck | Black Diamond History. This school was destroyed by fire on December 31, 1929. (Photo courtesy of.
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Booming mill in Selleck cut down by depression, labor disputes .... Clockwise from top: Early photo of mill hands at Selleck; operations began in 1909.
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Selleck: The corporate town at the 'end of the road' | Black .... An early panoramic view of Selleck shows remnants of a virgin forest after clear-cutting.
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