1937 Tractor yarding logs.
Vintage Logging

Vintage logging – skidding

Each Saturday morning I review 10 vintage logging, forestry and saw milling photos. This week’s review of vintage logging is about skidding logs out of the forest and a few of the different ways that job was accomplished.

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Steam skidder runs on tracks as logs are pulled behind, Tillamook Co.
Steam skidder runs on tracks as logs are pulled behind, Tillamook Co.

Logging in Michigan.
Horses skidding logs with a slip tongue cart in Michigan.

1920s Adams River Lumber Co.
1920s Adams River Lumber Co.

Woodsmen chasing logs with team of horses.


Horse team and crew with large log on skid road.
Horse team and crew with large log on skid road.

“Fergeson and McKilligan Camp, Arlington”; horse on left; several unidentified men sitting on and standing around large log in center; skid road on right.


1963, A-Frame Logging Alberni Canal
1963, A-Frame Logging Alberni Canal

Woodsmen skidding big logs.
Woodsmen skidding big logs.

Skidder hauling big logs.
Skidder hauling big logs.

1941 Pacific Lumber Company.
1941 Pacific Lumber Company.

Redwood Region. Tractors (RD8 Caterpillar) pulling a heavy redwood butt log. Two tractors in tandem. Jordan Creek operation, Pacific 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/


1910 Moving a log down a trailing chute
1910 Moving a log down a trailing chute

1937 Tractor yarding logs.
1937 Tractor yarding logs.

Rossland area, Trail Creek, BC


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

One Comment

  • MICHAEL H ROEBUCK

    It is amazing how they got some of those big logs out of the mountains. I look foward to your pictures on Saturdays.

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