An Odd Legacy Of Evergreen Bankruptcy

July 17--Paul Migrala had never heard of Evergreen International, the McMinnville-based aviation company that filed for dissolution in federal bankruptcy court on New Year's Eve.

But the Windermere agent heard from the trustee overseeing the case: Would he like to sell about 345 timbered acres, including some abandoned mines, surrounded by the Mount Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest? He said yes.

"It's going to be a tough sale," said Migrala, who will earn a 10 percent commission if he can sell the property. "There's no direct access to it. It's about a 5-1/2 mile hike in."

He said he has no idea how Evergreen came to own the parcel -- or, technically, eight separate parcels that make up the whole. They're listed at prices from $13,255 to $185,500, together totaling roughly $323,000.

Here's how the listing for one of the parcels reads:

Own your own mine! The Silver Creek Mining District is SE of the Monte Cristo Mines. Great area for hiking, camping and of course mining. The land is in an Forest zoning area. If you're looking for a secluded large parcel in the middle of the National Forest. The mines name: 41144 Fraction-41144 Evening Star-Lucky Boy-Prince Goodhope-Starlight-GoodHope Extention-Starlight Estention No. 1 -Queen Lode Survey 934A, MINE SHAFT CONDITION UNKNOWN PLEASE DO NOT ENTER!, WRE, AGENTS &OWNERS NOT RESPONSIBLE!

There's much we don't know about the history of the property. But now it can be said that Evergreen International's bankruptcy left a big hole in the ground.

-- Mike Francis

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