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

 

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  1. A Homesteader and his Oxen - Adolph Aschoff

    A Homesteader and his Oxen - circa 1885

    Oxen were a popular choice as draft animals for both emigrants crossing the Oregon Trail and for early settlers in Oregon. Learn More
  2. Logging - Bringing the Logs Back to Camp - Ford

    Bringing the Logs Back to Camp - c. 1900

    Smaller logs are brought back to a logging camp by a team of six mules, pulling them along a skid-road of logs placed across the path. It appears that this logging camp also was home to a small sawmill, as stacked lumber can be seen behind the team. Learn More
  3. Hauling Logs on a Horse-drawn Wooden Railway - Worthington

    Hauling Logs on a Horse-drawn Wooden Railway - c. 1900

    Horses had been used to pull railroad cars for at least a century when this photo was taken - in mines, for portage railroads, in cities for trolleys, and in the woods to haul logs. Learn More
  4. Logging - Hauling Logs out with Mules - Ford

    Hauling Logs out with Mules - c. 1900

    Oxen and steam donkeys were the primary ways to bring logs out of the woods during this era, but mule teams and horses were sometimes used, especially for smaller logs. Learn More
  5. 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
  6. Oxteam Entering a Tunnel Below Clatskanie - John F. Ford
  7. 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
  8. 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
  9. 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

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