Logging - Fine Art Prints of Historical Photos from the Pacific Northwest

 

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  1. Logging Camp, Deep in the Woods - Ford

    Logging Camp, Deep in the Woods - c. 1898

    This idyllic lumber camp scene is somewhat unusual, as camps were more often located surrounded by stumps than next to standing trees. Learn More
  2. Logging Crew & Steam Donkey near Sandy - Douglass

    Logging Crew & Steam Donkey near Sandy - c. 1910

    The crew relaxes for their photo for a postcard by H. M. Douglass, part of a set of three logging scenes from the Sandy, Oregon area. Learn More
  3. Logging Crew with Oxen & Steam Donkey

    Logging Crew with Oxen & Steam Donkey - c. 1900

    This turn-of-the-last-century view shows a logging crew using both ox teams and a steam donkey to move their logs. It appears the oxen brought the logs down the slope, and then the steam donkey pulled them along a more level skid road to this staging area. Learn More
  4. Logging Crew with Their Steam Donkey - Ford

    Logging Crew with Their Steam Donkey - c. 1898

    Everyone gets into the picture in this John Ford photo of a double-drum steam donkey. It's likely summer, as the crew hasn't bothered with a roof for the operators. Learn More
  5. Logjam on the Upper Willamette

    Logjam on the Upper Willamette - c. 1900

    Two steamboats arrive to help clear out a logjam under a bridge somewhere on the upper Willamette River. Learn More
  6. Logs on the Willamette, Looking Towards Pete's Mountain - Tibbitts

    Logs on the Willamette, Looking Towards Pete's Mountain - c. 1908

    This image of log rafts on the Willamette, above the Falls, gives us an idea of how many logs were taken downstream from forests in the upper Willamette Valley. Learn More
  7. Lumbering with Oxen near Olympia

    Lumbering with Oxen near Olympia - c. 1890

    An unknown photographer found this spot where he could pose two timber fallers next to a skid road used for oxen to haul logs to a landing. Learn More
  8. North Bend Number 1 Ready to Unload Logs - Ernest A. Stauff

    North Bend Number 1 Ready to Unload Logs - c. 1900

    The crew of this southern Oregon logging train pauses for a photo before unloading their logs into the waiting pond. Learn More
  9. Oregon Water Power & Railway Cars at Logging Camp - Indahl

    Oregon Water Power & Railway Cars at Logging Camp - c. 1905

    This rural-looking scene is likely somewhere in east Multnomah County, along the line of the O. W. P. & Ry. Company, a name that lasted for only four years in the early 1900s. Learn More
  10. Overview of a Small Saw Mill near Sandy - Douglass

    Overview of a Small Saw Mill near Sandy - c. 1910

    The original caption for this photo called it a "Typical Sandy Saw Mill", and it's likely there were a number of small, homestead-based mills like it in the Sandy area. Learn More
  11. Palmer to Bridal Veil Lumber Flume - White

    Palmer to Bridal Veil Lumber Flume - 1904

    If you have both water and gravity, a flume is an ideal way to move logs or lumber from the top to the bottom of a hill. Learn More
  12. Pond Monkey Guides Logs from Pond to Chute - Lange

    Pond Monkey Guides Logs from Pond to Chute - 1939

    The "pond monkey" position in a sawmill has been described as the next-to-the-last step in a logging career; the last being night watchman. Learn More
  13. Pond Monkeys - Ford

    Pond Monkeys - c. 1898

    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. Learn More
  14. Pondering an Accident on the Benson Logging Train - Ford

    Pondering an Accident on the Benson Logging Train - c. 1900

    In this wonderfully detailed John F. Ford photo, a group of concerned workers discuss their next move after a large log has broken loose and severely damaged the firewood tender for the Benson Logging & Lumber Company train. Learn More
  15. Preparing to Saw Up a Newly Felled Tree - Ford

    Preparing to Saw Up a Newly Felled Tree - c. 1898

    While this is a staged photo, the logger in front is demonstrating the actual saw that he will use for "sawing up", the process of cutting the felled tree into lengths that can be transported to a mill. Learn More
  16. Pulling a Snag with a Caterpillar 60

    Pulling a Snag with a Caterpillar 60 - c. 1925

    These five men seem to be enjoying themselves as they pull a large snag through an Alder grove near Buena Vista, using one of the earliest successful bulldozers -- the Best or Caterpillar 60 horsepower model. Learn More
  17. Rolling a Large Log onto a GMC Logging Truck - Webster and Stevens

    Rolling a Large Log onto a GMC Logging Truck - 1919

    Another photo in this series shows the crew loading smaller logs using a hoist, but apparently this log is too heavy for that process. Learn More
  18. Saldern's Logging Road, 13 1/2 Percent Grade - Ford

    Saldern's Logging Road, 13 1/2 Percent Grade - c. 1898

    Climax Engine Number 2 works to push three large logs up a steep grade near Grays River in southwest Washington. Learn More
  19. Sawing Up - Ford

    Sawing Up - c. 1898

    Falling big trees was only the beginning. It took many more hours to saw up each tree - to cut it into sections that could be hauled back to the yard, using cables from a steam donkey. Learn More
  20. Sawmill Gang and Mill at Round Lake

    Sawmill Gang and Mill at Round Lake - c. 1905

    The muddy yard hints at the Pacific Northwest location of this small mill near Round Lake, north of Camas, Washington in Clark County. The term "gang" comes from the handwritten title on the original photo. Learn More
  21. Six-horse Team at Wolman's Landing - Smith

    Six-horse Team at Wolman's Landing - c. 1900

    An alert six-horse team and three handlers pose for a photo along a waterway somewhere in Washington State. Learn More
  22. Skid Road Along the River - Ford

    Skid Road Along the River - c. 1898

    In this signed photo by John F. Ford we see yet another view of animals pulling logs along a skid road. In this case, it's oxen, and the location of the road along a river makes it especially scenic. Learn More
  23. Sledding a Large Log near Elgin

    Sledding a Large Log near Elgin - c. 1905

    Winter was a good time to move large logs; the ground was frozen hard and skids moved smoothly across the snow. Learn More
  24. Sledding Shake Bolts with an Ox Team - Darius Kinsey

    Sledding Shake Bolts with an Ox Team - c. 1910

    First displaced by draft horses, then later by steam donkeys, oxen were still used in Northwest forests in 1910. Learn More
  25. Small Trestle on a Logging Skid Road - John F. Ford
  26. Soldiers in Hoquiam Logging Camp - Bain News Service

    Soldiers in Hoquiam Logging Camp - 1918

    Starting in 1917 the Army sent 10,000 soldiers to Oregon and Washington logging camps to cut timber as part of an effort to harvest 10 million board-feet of spruce a month for aircraft construction. Learn More
  27. Steam Donkey Under a Small Shed - Ford

    Steam Donkey Under a Small Shed - c. 1898

    Another in a series of detailed logging photos by John F. Ford, this view shows the type of small shed often constructed around steam donkeys to protect the operators (and the machinery) from the worst of the weather. Learn More
  28. Steam Schooner Arctic with Log Raft - Ford

    Steam Schooner Arctic with Log Raft - c. 1902

    The steam tug in the foreground is the "Arctic", built in Bay City, Oregon in 1901 for the J. S. Kimball Company of San Francisco. Learn More
  29. Sternwheelers M. F. Henderson & Shaver with Log Raft

    Sternwheelers M. F. Henderson & Shaver with Log Raft - c. 1905

    The two named sternwheelers escort a large log raft down the Columbia at the beginning of its voyage in the Pacific, probably to San Diego. while three and four masted sailing ships wait in the background. Learn More
  30. The Crew Takes a Break, Deer Island Logging Co. - Clark Kinsey

    The Crew Takes a Break, Deer Island Logging Company - c. 1925

    Crew members from the Deer Island Logging Company, on the Oregon side of the lower Columbia, pose on a recently-felled medium-sized fir tree, in this photo by Clark Kinsey. Learn More
  31. The Largest Fir Tree in Washington - Clark Kinsey

    The Largest Fir Tree in Washington - c. 1925

    This image is from a large (10 x 13 inch) print created by Clark Kinsey, brother of the somewhat better-known photographer Darius Kinsey. Learn More
  32. The Soldrens Crew Pauses in a Cut on their Logging Road - Ford

    The Saldern Crew Pauses in a Cut on their Logging Road - c. 1898

    The logging crew poses in a substantial earth cut made for the logging railroad that supported their operation. It's not clear whether these men helped build the railroad grade as well as doing the logging. Learn More
  33. Two Timber Fallers Begin Their Saw Cut - Ford

    Two Timber Fallers Begin Their Saw Cut - c. 1898

    A classic scene - this photo shows two fallers standing on their springboards, starting their sawcut to fall a substantial Douglas Fir. Learn More
  34. Two Ways to Move Logs by Raiload - White

    Two Ways to Move Logs by Raiload - 1904

    This view demonstrates large logs can be pushed ahead of a steam engine, or pulled behind while loaded on flatcars. Learn More
  35. We'll Show 'Em how to Fell Big Trees - Keystone

    We'll Show 'Em How to Fell Big Trees - 1903

    "We'll Show 'Em how to Fell Big Trees", from a Keystone novelty glass slide. Learn More
  36. Weyerhaeuser Railroad Logging Camps 4 & 3 - Clark Kinsey
  37. Willamette Falls Railway, Woodyard Across the Tualatin

    Willamette Falls Railway, Woodyard Across the Tualatin - c. 1900

    Gathering wood for the paper mills at Willamette Falls was one of the main purposes of the Willamette Falls Railway, though it also provided passenger service for local families. Learn More
  38. Willamette Steam Donkey, Deer Island Logging Company - Clark Kinsey

    Willamette Steam Donkey, Deer Island Logging Company - c. 1925

    The Willamette was a popular brand of steam donkey for Northwest logging operations. From 1901 to 1930, over 3,000 of these workhorses were built in their Portland factory. Learn More
  39. Willamette Tower Skidder at Crown Willamette, Cathlamet - Harold M. Brown

    Willamette Tower Skidder at Crown Willamette, Cathlamet - 1927

    One of the largest logging machines ever built, this Willamette Tower Skidder was over 100 feet high and weighed about 475,000 pounds. Learn More
  40. Yarding the Big Logs - Ford

    Yarding the Big Logs - c. 1898

    This well organized yarding area run by Saldern Logging Company near Grays River, Washington, demonstrates how logging crews staged their large logs till they could be loaded on railroad cars for a trip to the mill. Learn More

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