1900 Logging 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 the railroads and how they were used in the logging industry.

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Schafer Brothers Logging Company
Schafer Brothers Logging Company

Asian railroad construction crew and track laying machine, Schafer Brothers Logging Company, probably in Grays Harbor Count.


1900s Byrd-Matthews Lumber Company
1900s Byrd-Matthews Lumber Company

Early 1900s, Helen GA. In its day it was the largest sawmill wast of the Mississippi River, capable of processing 125000 BF a day. They processed most of the virgin timber off the mountains in northeast Georgia and western NC.


1900 Cal Pine Box and Lumber Mill.
1900 Cal Pine Box and Lumber Mill.

Photograph shows the Cal Pine Box and Lumber mill, Plumas County, Calif. Note: one building says Plumas Box and Lumber Company.

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/


1900-1930 Bordeaux Brothers Logging Co.
1900-1930 Bordeaux Brothers Logging Co.

Railroad, Mason County, WA, US.


1900 Reno Lumber Mill.
1900 Reno Lumber Mill.

Photograph shows the Reno Lumber mill. Located in Loyalton, Sierra County, 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 Four woodsmen posing with logs on Great Northern Railway car.
1900 Four woodsmen posing with logs on Great Northern Railway car.

1900 Four woodsmen posing with logs on Great Northern Railway car.


1900s Great Northern Railway
1900s Great Northern Railway

1900s Woodsmen posing with Great Northern Railway engine and flatbed cars with logs.


1900s Logging train and woodsmen.
1900s Logging train and woodsmen.

1900 Transfer from log chute to rail
1900 Transfer from log chute to rail

Photograph shows a transfer taking place from a log chute to rail in Big Chico Creek Canyon – Sierra Lumber Company operations. House at the right held boiler and machinery for trailing logs in the chute. Locomotives were freighted up the Humboldt Road from Chico and skidded down into the canyon. Sierra Lumber Company, Butte County, CA, US.

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: cdlib.org


1900 Logging railroad.
1900 Logging railroad.

Photograph shows a logging train and logs being loaded on 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: cdlib.org


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