Each Saturday morning I review 10 vintage logging, forestry and saw milling photos. This week’s review of vintage photos looks at the horses of days gone by and not that long ago.
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W. Spokane St., Seattle, Washington, June 29, 1918.
In the 19th century most bush tramways were low-cost, laid with wooden rails and worked by horse teams. This typical small-scale operation has three horses pulling a single rimu log. There are no reins – the ‘trammy’ used verbal commands. The lightly constructed tramway is laid on a wooden slab foundation on the forest floor. Once it was closed down and had rotted away, scant evidence would remain of its existence. The date and location are unknown, but it is possibly Taranaki.
Four-horse team hauling large single log on wagon with eight wooden wheels near Port Angeles; unidentified man sitting on top of log; horses moving away from camera toward left; automobile on left.