Pond Monkeys - c. 1898


Pond Monkeys - Ford

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Pond Monkeys were men who hopped from log to log in a mill pond, guiding the floating logs into the intake for the sawmill. This Ford photos shows a large group - likely more than would normally work together. Working as a pond monkey required strength as well as agility. Competitions in log rolling grew out of this type of work. Handling logs in ponds evolved mostly because it was relatively easy to move the extremely heavy logs when they were floating in water. It was also important to keep the logs damp after they were cut, since if they dried too quickly they would check and crack.

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

Additional Information

Item Number AA0752
Photographer John F. Ford
Location Unknown Location
Subject Logging, Mills and Manufacturing
Decade 1890s
Print Maker Old Oregon
Original Type Medium-size Print
Size of Original 5.8 x 7.4 inches
Photographer's Number No