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.
Shows The Dominion and Arcade Restaurant in background. Horse drawn cart hauling lumber stuck in mud on Front St.
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”.
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.
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.
Man standing beside large logs, one being loaded on a truck.
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.
Loaded log truck driven along a road probably in or near Port Angeles.