1900 Chute Logging
Vintage Logging

Vintage logging – Big logs

Each Saturday morning I review 10 vintage logging, forestry and saw milling photos. This week’s review of vintage logging is about the big logs that once stood tall in our forests.

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1900 Chute Logging
1900 Chute Logging

View of logs being sent over a creek on a log shoot bridge.

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 Logging Wagon in Siskiyou County, CA.
1895 Logging Wagon in Siskiyou County, CA.

Horse and mule team pulling a wagon piled with logs through the forest.

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 Huron Lumber Company, Bothell, Washington.
1895 Huron Lumber Company, Bothell, Washington.

In the early 1890s, about a third of Washington’s population worked in logging camps, sawmills, shingle mills, and in factories making wooden doors and window sashes. Nearly 1.2 billion board feet of lumber and almost 1.9 billion shingles were shipped from the state in 1892. Huge trees still filled the coastal forests, and no one thought the supply would ever run out.
This 1890s photo shows a giant fir log at the Huron Lumber Company in Bothell. The town got its start in 1886, when David Bothell started a lumber camp and shingle mill in the area.


1898 4th Cavalry Division at Calavaras County, Sierra Nevada mountains.
1898 4th Cavalry Division at Calavaras County, Sierra Nevada mountains.

1900 Chute Logging.
1900 Chute Logging.

Photograph shows chute logging in Plumas Co., California.

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/


1900 Edgers at work whipsawing.
1900 Edgers at work whipsawing.

Record Group 95-GP
Records of The Forest Service
General Subject File
Negative Number:18882
1900 Edgers at work whipsawing.


1895 South Lake Union: The Evolution of a Dream
1895 South Lake Union: The Evolution of a Dream

In this image, a man stands between two very large logs, each appearing to be more than 5 feet in diameter. The location is identified as Lake Union in Seattle, which was home to lumber mills beginning in 1882 with David Denny’s Western Mill on the lake’s southern shore. There are additional pieces of cut lumber on the beach in the background, but no identifying buildings or landmarks.


1899 Salderns logging camp dozens of loggers on one tree.
1899 Salderns logging camp dozens of loggers on one tree.

1900 Diamond Match log transfer.
1900 Diamond Match log transfer.

Photograph shows Diamond Match Company log transfer from meter-gauge to standard-gauge logging railroad at Nigger Point, Stirling City area, Butte County, CA. This transfer was used during the Kimshew operation from 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: https://cdlib.org


1893 Charles W. Blakesley with team hauling logs.
1893 Charles W. Blakesley with team hauling logs.

Photograph shows Charles W. Blakesley on a horse standing next to a team hauling logs. Walter Thoms also stands by the cart. The picture was taken in front of Muller’s Barbershop. Plumas 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. https://cdlib.org


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