Small Trestle on a Logging Skid Road - c. 1900


Small Trestle on a Logging Skid Road - John F. Ford

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What do you do if you need to run a logging skid road across a ravine? You build a small trestle, like this one.

It's clear that the cross beams have been hollowed in the center to help keep the logs on track. A cable for the steam donkey is strung along the depression. There is also a one-board wide boardwalk for people to assist the process, and flimsy looking sticks holding a single wire. At first I thought his might have been a type of handrail, but now I wonder if it was a simple telegraph line to communicate from one end of the run to the other.

If you're familiar with that technology, please let me know.

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

Additional Information

Item Number AA1355
Photographer John F. Ford
Location Washington State
Subject Bridges and Trestles, Logging
Decade 1900s
Print Maker Old Oregon
Original Type Larger Print
Size of Original 5.7 x 7.7 inches
Photographer's Number Number 433