1909 Woman Standing on Diamond Rail Car with Large Log.
Vintage Logging

Vintage logging – Women

Each Saturday morning I review 10 vintage logging, forestry and saw milling photos. This week’s review of vintage logging is about the women who played their important role in the logging industry.

1890 Flume Keeper
1890 Flume Keeper

Flume keeper and family. Likely Sierra Lumber Co. Butte County, Calif.

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1900s Fraser Valley Sawmill
1900s Fraser Valley Sawmill

1900s Fraser Valley Sawmill, with shore area in foreground and forest in background.


1902 14 horse team & Donkey engine with crew and family at camp.
1902 14 horse team & Donkey engine with crew and family at camp.

At first, loggers used oxen to haul logs out of the woods. Later, they used horses, which were more intelligent and easier to handle. The teams pulled the logs along skid roads to a river or railroad line.


1907 Felling a massive oak tree.
1907 Felling a massive oak tree.

View of large, fallen and sawed oak located at the intersection of 1st Street and Main Street, Chico, Butte County, California. A woman stands between pieces of log and pushes against it.

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/


1907 Loggers with large log.
1907 Loggers with large log.

1911 Northern Coast Timber Company.
1911 Northern Coast Timber Company.

Crew outside kitchen and mess hall cars. Northern Coast Timber Company was in business ca. 1907 to ca. 1915, with logging operations at Kangley and then at Maple Valley.

Kangley is a community on a small tributary of the Green River, eleven miles northeast of Issaquah in southwest King County. It was named by the Northern Pacific Railway for John Kangley, general manager of Northern Pacific Coal Company in 1889. Alternate names were Kangley Junction and Durham Junction. A railroad depot was built in 1906 and abandoned in 1920.

Maple Valley is a community ten miles south of Renton near the Cedar River in central King County. In 1879, the town was founded by George W. Ames of Seattle, and platted in 1890. In 1888, the name was chosen by George Ames, when a post office was established. It was not for the abundant western maple trees in the area, but for the Maple family (Jacob and Samuel), who settled on the Duwamish River before the Denny party arrived at Alki Point.


1911 Wallace Lumber Co. mill.
1911 Wallace Lumber Co. mill.

Fir log 9’8″. Scale 10,000 T. Largest log ever cut in Wallace Lbr. Co. mill, Startup, WA.


1915 Bear Brook Logging Camp
1915 Bear Brook Logging Camp located upstream from the Bog River.

1919 Goodyear Logging Company.
1919 Goodyear Logging Company.

Family group at logging camp. The Goodyear Logging Company was in business from ca. 1915 to ca. 1924, headquartered in Clallam Bay. In 1922, there were 175 employees.

Clallam Bay is a community on the east shore of Clallam Bay, Strait of Juan de Fuca, in northwest Clallam County. It was named for the bay, which was listed on British Admiralty Charts in 1846 by Capt. Henry Kellet as Callam, his Anglicized version of the Indian name. The name of the bay, as pronounced by Clallam Indians, might logically be Kla-kla-wice; however, Kellet attempted to reproduce the tribal name, which was S’klah-lam in Clallam dialect, or Do-sklal-ob in Twana, meaning big, strong nation.


1909 Woman Standing on Diamond Rail Car with Large Log.
1909 Woman Standing on Diamond Rail Car with Large Log.

Photograph shows Diamond rail operation at Ramsey Bar, Kimshew Country. Shows one long to one car. The young lady/woman is unidentified. ca. 1909-1915.

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/


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