Mill workers with a harvested tree in the late 1920s
2007 floodwaters inundated the basement of Washington Grade School.
Third-grade drawings of the 2007 flood were funny and heartbreaking.
Vernonia school superintendent Ken Cox at the wall raising.
The new $39.3 million K-12 school is being built to achieve a LEED platinum rating for energy efficiency.
1891: Vernonia is incorporated
1922: Railroad arrives
1923: Oregon-American electric-
powered lumber mill completed
1930: Washington Grade School opens
1953: Vernonia High School opens
1957: O-A mill closes
1996: 500-year flood hits Vernonia on Feb. 8
2005: Vernonia Middle School opens
2007: second 500-year flood hits on Dec. 3
APRIL: Vernonia schools designated an
Oregon Solutions project
SEPTEMBER: high school demolished; middle/high school students move to modular classrooms
FEBRUARY: site chosen for new school
APRIL: land-use process begins on new school site; finishes in just eight months
NOVEMBER: school bond passes with more than 61% of the vote, with a 68% turnout
JANUARY/FEBRUARY: Vernonia Rural Sustainability committee launched
FEBRUARY: NW Natural makes $100,000 donation
APRIL: Oregon Dept. of Energy awards $1.1 million for green energy projects
JUNE: private campaign committee launched
AUGUST: Vernonia holds its “biggest school reunion”
DECEMBER: new school breaks ground; ODOT awards $3.8 million for transportation/access projects
JANUARY: $11.2 million FEMA award announced
JUNE: first wall is raised on new school
FALL: community fundraising begins
2012: new K-12 school is set to open in September
Sources: City of Vernonia, Oregon Solutions, Vernonia Pioneer Museum Association's Vernonia