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Eltopia Lumber Sells For Top Dollar

ELTOPIA, Wash. - People are paying top dollar for lumber from an old Eltopia grain elevator.

It's made of 600 year old Douglas Fur, and the man who purchased the building said the old wood is very valuable. It boasts 25 grains per inch, almost double what you'd find if you purchased Douglas Fur in a lumber store.

And because it sat stacked on top of itself for 80 years it won't warp.

Ted Turner, who founded CNN and the TBS cable network, purchased some of the Eltopia lumber for his home.

Workers just think of it as an opportunity to put a little change in their pocket.

"Yah, it gives me a good summer job and a great way to earn money," said Nate McEachen. 

The lumber sells for $2.00 per square foot, that beats the average price for Douglas Fur of just 60 cents.