No Longer a Mill Town

An industry that once defined the town of Camas, Washington, is coming to an end. Last month, Georgia-Pacific announced it will close most of its production at the 134-year-old paper mill.

The Camas High School auditorium is Home to the Papermakers. The school’s mascot is called the Mean Machine, an animated paper roll machine that’s a nod to the town’s paper making history. It was around 7 p.m. on a recent Thursday night. A group of students streamed past the trophy cases along the wall and joined the packed stands for the Camas High School varsity basketball team’s season opener. Parents and locals mingled and snacked on bags of popcorn, eager to cheer on a school that has come to symbolize Camas pride. This is the home of the Papermakers. Read more at OPB