Serene With Their Secrets

Still Standing On Sehome Hill, Three Forgotten Utility Poles Leave Only Guesses

Riddled from decades of lineworkers “gaffing” up and down the pole followed by the deeper holes of opportunistic woodpeckers, this relic lives on, more tree than a utility pole. In contrast to its youthful bottom half still ready for its first day at work, its upper half is a mere skeleton in the sun. “Pole steps,” the spikes used for ascending and descending the pole, are still nailed into its sides.
With many years of high school “I-was-here” names carved into its upper-side, this old pole laid to rest long ago now serves as an awkward bench leaning more like a frozen teeter-totter. The sleeping pole and its charred base gasping for air in the dirt sit along a short trail near the arboretum’s lookout tower.
view of power pole from below looking up into blue sky beyond
Darting out of the shade below to catch a fly-ball that will never arrive, what may be the tallest pole on the hill points through the leaves of summer to the dizzying heights of blue sky beyond. Note the wooden crossarms attached at its half-way point. Decorated with an array of ceramic insulators, these appear to have been used for lower-strung electrical wires.

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David Scott Spangler

History can be connective. Since I am moved by what remains, I am documenting and sharing remnants of Pacific Northwest history before they vanish forever.