15 ton Upright Climax Geared Locomotive.
Vintage Logging

Vintage Logging – Lumber Companies

Each Saturday morning I review 10 vintage logging, forestry and saw milling photos. This week’s review of vintage logging is about lumber companies and their activities in history.

15 ton Upright Climax Geared Locomotive.
15 ton Upright Climax Geared Locomotive.

Style A, on RW Higbie Road, Tip Top, Virginia, traveling with 12,000 BF poplar lumber.

1900s North Pacific Lumber Mill, Barnet, BC.
1900s North Pacific Lumber Mill, Barnet, BC.

1900s Booming Grounds, North Pacific Lumber Mill, Barnet, BC. View from the top of the jack ladder.

1906 History of The Lumber Industry in America.
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1910 Warren Spruce Company during WWI.
1910 Warren Spruce Company during WWI.

It’s hard to imagine how long these erstwhile railroads would last but they did serve their purpose and were cheap to build. The following photo shows a vehicle on a pole road crossing a stream built by the Warren Spruce Company during WWI.

1928 B And K Co. Pitt Lake, BC.
1928 B And K Co. Pitt Lake.

High rigger at the top of a spar tree.

1939, U-Saw Prod., Lbr., portable mills - Missouri.
1939, U-Saw Prod., Lbr., portable mills – Missouri.

RG# 95-GP. Records of the Forest Service. Negative Number: 389205. Mark Twain N.F. – Portable saw mill operated by Joel Fox set up close by his timber sale near Crider, Missouri, This view shows sawing of … under way, the log carriage having…circular saw. November 1939.

1945 Simpson Lumber Company Mill, Shelton, Washington.
1945 Simpson Lumber Company Mill, Shelton, Washington.

RG# 95-GP. Records of the Forest Service. General Subject Files Negative Number: 436863. U-Saw Prod., Lbr., Portable Mills – Washington, Olympic National Forest, Simpson Lumber Company, Mill at Shelton, Washington from the log dump area. Taken by Ray M. Fillon – 1945.

1950 San Poil Lumber Co., Colville, Washington.
1950 San Poil Lumber Co., Colville, Washington.

RG# 95-GP. Records of the Forest Service. General Subject Files. Negative Number: 461656. U-Saw Prod., Lbr., Portable Mills – Washington. Colville N.F. Resaw and planer mill at San Poil Lumber Co. Taken by W.E. Steuerwald – 8/50.

Red River Lumber Co Yard, Lassen County, CA.
Red River Lumber Co Yard, Lassen County, CA., https://i.pinimg.com/564x/4f/0b/b4/4f0bb4f63ac1a32d2d84c785e93e377a.jpg

Red River Lumber Co Yard, Lassen County, CA.

U-Saw Prod., Lbr., Portable Mills - Arkansas.
U-Saw Prod., Lbr., Portable Mills – Arkansas.

RG# 95-GP. Records of the Forest Service. General Subject Files Negative Number: 421300. Small portable sawmill owned and oeprated by E.C> Nutt, right, sawing lumber on contract for Fordyce Lumber Co. The log on the carriage is quite small and coul dnot be sawed at a profit by the big mill but will at least pay its way at this mill. Taken by Leland J. Prater.

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