1907 Wreckage after Burning of Champion Mill at Lyonsville.
Vintage Logging

Vintage logging – Accidents

Each Saturday morning I review 10 vintage logging, forestry and saw milling photos. This week’s review of vintage logging are mostly about accidents, fires and train wrecks, that made a hard job that much harder to recover from and continue doing.

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1909 Crash at Stirling City.
1909 Crash at Stirling City.

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


1909 Crash at Stirling City.
1909 Crash at Stirling City.

Photograph shows crash at Stirling City, 1909. Engineer and brakesman killed. Smoke Rising.

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


1910 Wreck on McCloud Logging Road
1910 Wreck on McCloud Logging Road

Photograph of the wreckage on the McCloud Logging Road. Original annotation: “Wreck on McCloud Logging Road; One of the and a logging ?_ [The 5 was patched up and later sold to the Weed Lumber CO.]”

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


1905 Sierra Lumber Co fire.
1905 Sierra Lumber Co fire.

Ruins of Sierra Lumber Co’s mill. Chico, Butte 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: cdlib.org


1910 Wrecked train recovery.
1910 Wrecked train recovery.

Photograph shows men using Donkey Engines to get the wrecked train back on the track.
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


1909 The Diamond Match Company Logging Railroad Accident.
1909 The Diamond Match Company Logging Railroad Accident.

View of a logging railroad accident in Stirling City. Train No. 4.

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


1911 Fire in Index Galena Lumber yards. Oct 18.
1911 Fire in Index Galena Lumber yards. Oct 18.

Crosses marked on photo show lumber piles that burned.


1910 Wrecked locomotive on Meter Gauge Railroad.
1910 Wrecked locomotive on Meter Gauge Railroad.

Photograph shows a wrecked locomotive on the Meter gauge railroad near Ramsey Bar. Photo taken between 1909-1915. Butte Co, 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. Source: cdlib.org


1907 Wreckage after burning of Champion Mill at Lyonsville.
1907 Wreckage after burning of Champion Mill at Lyonsville.

Photograph shows wreckage after burning of the Champion Mill at Lyonsville, 1907. diamond Match operation.
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


Men trucking logs out of the woods with a 3 wheeled truck.
Men trucking logs out of the woods with a 3 wheeled truck.

Not an accident, I just wanted to insert an interesting photo to round out a group of 10 photos for this week.


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

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