Capstan-style Horizontal Reel Steam Donkey - c. 1890


Logging - Capstan-style Horizontal Reel Steam Donkey

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This is an early small steam donkey, similar to one on display at the Coos County Museum in North Bend. It appears to be made by John Dolbeer, who invented the horizontal reel steam donkey for logging in 1881, in Crescent City. The single reel design requires a horse or ox to reel the line out. It was a slow process until the lead and return system came into play on later models.

-- This photo is restored and printed by Old Oregon.

Additional Information

Item Number AA1087
Photographer Unknown
Location Unknown Oregon
Subject Logging
Decade 1890s
Print Maker Old Oregon
Original Type Larger Print
Size of Original 10.5 x 13.4 inches
Photographer's Number No