1939 Red River Lumber Company Humbug Logging Operation.
Vintage Logging

Vintage logging – Trucking

Each Saturday morning I review 10 vintage logging, forestry and saw milling photos. This week’s review of vintage logging is about the people who transported the trees.

1899 Dawson, Yukon.
1899 Dawson, Yukon.

Shows The Dominion and Arcade Restaurant in background. Horse drawn cart hauling lumber stuck in mud on Front St.


1918 Valley Logging Co. hauling steam donkey, Chimacum, Washington.
1918 Valley Logging Co. hauling steam donkey, Chimacum, Washington.

Paige logging truck hauling donkey engine; seven unidentified young women standing beside donkey engine on left; nine unidentified men sitting and standing on truck facing toward right; poles with street light in background on right; hand written notation “Valley Logging Co. – Chimacum, Wash. – Weight of load 15 tons”.


1921 Coal Creek Lumber Company.
1921 Coal Creek Lumber Company.

Crew members at log dump with Master truck and trailer. The Coal Creek Lumber Company opened in 1905, with owners C. L. Brown, A. H. Brown and D. A. Clark. They built a sawmill and shingle mill at Chehalis, Lewis County, and their own railroad up Coal Creek to the logging camps. They operated their own crews and cut both fir and cedar. They soon earned a reputation for superior quality lumber and the railroads became good customers, as they needed strong wood for bridge timbers and car parts. During the depression many mills closed but Coal Creek Lumber never missed a day, due in part to the railroad business.

A log dump is an area where logs are sorted. Sorting is done according to grade, species, etc.


1925 Kelly-Springfield truck hauling logs on fore-and-aft plank road.
1925 Kelly-Springfield truck hauling logs on fore-and-aft plank road.

Logging companies sometimes built railroads to haul logs out of the forest. Later, they used trucks. This photo was taken in the mid-1920s, somewhere in western Washington. A Kelly-Springfield logging truck hauls a large fir log along a track-like wooden logging road. Behind the truck are acres of cutover land. Wood was used for roads because it was cheap and there was plenty of it .
This photo was taken in the mid-1920s by Bellingham photographer J. Wilbur Sandison.


1939 Red River Lumber Company Humbug Logging Operation.
1939 Red River Lumber Company Humbug Logging Operation.

Man standing beside large logs, one being loaded on a truck.


1948 Quinsam Trucking
1948 Quinsam Trucking

A loaded Quinsam Trucking logging truck – Lawrence Baker is driving the truck. Quinsam Trucking was owned and operated by Joe Zanatta, who also operated a sawmill in the Campbell River area.


1965 Don Rhync, Forks, WA
1965 Don Rhync, Forks, WA.

Loaded log truck driven along a road probably in or near Port Angeles.


2015 Myanmar Sentences 153 Chinese to Life in Prison for Illegal Logging
2015 Myanmar Sentences 153 Chinese to Life in Prison for Illegal Logging

Sentences 153 Chinese to Life in Prison for Illegal Logging


Australian WHIM for hauling logs
Australian WHIM for hauling logs.

Big log on a truck
Big log on a truck.

A Newfoundland born Canadian with a life long interest in woodworking, baking and anything else that peaks my curiosity.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.