Wigwam burners are a quickly disappearing reminder of our timber history. At one point, they were known for spewing thick smoke into the air as they were used to incinerate wood waste in logging yards. Now, like our covered bridges, they are a reminder of our recent past. Although, unlike our covered bridges, there appears to be no organized movement to preserve them. For me, the wigwam burner just east of Drain is iconic of those I grew up with.
Officially known as the “Smith River Wigwam Burner,” it was built around 1950 and last used around 1970. It is now listed in the Oregon Historic Sites Database (here).
The Smith River Wigwam Burner is located on Highway 38, just 1.5 miles east of Drain, and is very visible from the highway.