1900 Log on the narrow gauge railroad.
Vintage Logging

Vintage Logging – Railroads

Each Saturday morning I review 10 vintage logging, forestry and saw milling photos. This week’s review of vintage logging is about railroads, and its integration into the movement of logs and lumber throughout history.


1900 Log on the narrow gauge railroad.
1900 Log on the narrow gauge railroad.

One log to a load on the narrow gauge railroad at Lyonsville, Sierra Lumber Company operation. The rounded off end of the log, called “sniped” end, was done to facilitate chute trailing.

Rights Information: Feb 28 2019 Special permission granted by the owning institution, California State University, Chico, CA, US, to WoodchuckCanuck.com, for use of this image for historical logging special collection review. Source: https://cdlib.org

1895 New Whatcom, Washington
1895 New Whatcom, Washington.

Sawmill on the waterfront.

1882 Hall Brothers Shipyard, Port Blakely.
1882 Hall Brothers Shipyard, Port Blakely.

Railroad tracks in front of employees housing.

1882 Hall brothers Shipyard.
1882 Hall brothers Shipyard.

1882 Hall Brothers ship yard.

1882 Port Blakely Mill Co.
1882 Port Blakely Mill Co.

Housing along waterfront, trestle railway along the shoreline close to the ships for loading and unloading.

1882 Port Blakely Mill Co.
1882 Port Blakely Mill Co.

Sawmill showing sailing ships docked at the wharf. A forest of masts. Railway lines leading right to them.

1886 Loading rail cars, Gualala River, Mendocino County, CA.
1886 Loading rail cars, Gualala River, Mendocino County, CA.

Rights Information: Feb 28 2019 Special permission granted by the owning institution, California State University, Chico, CA, US, to WoodchuckCanuck.com, for use of this image for historical logging special collection review. Source: http://www.cdlib.org/

1892 Railroad flatcars carrying logs.
1892 Railroad flatcars carrying logs.

1892 Railroad flatcars carrying logs.

1895 New Whatcom, Washington
1895 New Whatcom, Washington.

Sawmill on the waterfront, railway lines on trestle bridges meander through the property.

1895 Fir log.
1895 Fir log.

1895 Fir log.

1892 Railroad flatcars loaded with logs.
1892 Railroad flatcars loaded with logs.

1892 Railroad flatcars loaded with logs.

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