A crew was sent out to construct the railroad grade, for the tracks to be laid on.
The main line of Eccles narrow gauge railroad followed the Middle Fork of the John Day River from Bates, eventually going as afar as Camp Creek.
In the beginning, until the dry kilns were built, the lumber produced at the Bates mill was loaded green onto flat cars and hauled to Baker, where it was dried in the kilns at the Oregon Lumber Company mill there. Some time ago I read and "filed" some old Grant County deeds and property records. Newton must have been her second husband, having been previously married to a man named Austin. She had a viable stage stop business and made a deal with the bank.
Oregon Lumber Company built logging tracks down the Middle Fork and had branches up the draws and creeks to supply logs to the new mill.
The lumber was then shipped on the Sumpter Valley Railroad to Baker. At this time off-highway logging trucks began hauling logs in to the mill.
Linda ran the general store, hotel and boarding house.
At one time Austin boasted a population of approximately 500 people.