Fred Keating Farm Buildings in 1924


From 1975 until 1991, with very brief absences, Patty and I lived on the old Fred Keating farm on South Prairie-Carbon River Rd, about 5 miles outside of Orting, in Pierce County, Washington. We raised our kids there. We live in the area again now, but in the City of Orting itself. This photo, scanned with no retouching whatsoever, was taken by Alfred Keating, one of Fred Keating’s two sons. It’s noted on the back of the photo as follows: Our buildings in 1924 from backside, colored by me, Al. – the backside would have been from about the location of what is known today as the Keating Road. At the time it was just a driveway bordering the Keating place. As a kid, I knew the gravel road Gregg’s driveway – and later as the road to the “Pasture in the Sky” – a name I believe given the pasture by my friend, Ralph Black. The area was known as Arline Mills for a number of years. See the Arline Mills category for more blogs on the area.

Author: Leland Meitzler

Leland K. Meitzler founded Heritage Quest in 1985, and has worked as Managing Editor of both Heritage Quest Magazine and The Genealogical Helper. He currently operates Family Roots Publishing Company (, writes daily at, writes the weekly Genealogy Newsline, conducts the annual Salt Lake Christmas Tour to the Family History Library, and speaks nationally, having given over 2000 lectures since 1983.

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