A Young Logger in a Log Chute - c. 1905


A Young Logger in a Log Chute - Ford

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While not signed by Ford, the original for this photo was acquired with other similarly formatted photos that were signed by him. A pencil inscription on the original identifies the young man in the foreground as Andrew Emmarson, who in 1910 was working as a head loader and living in Columbia County, Oregon. His father and brother were also loggers, so it may well be his father standing on the log to his right. A steam donkey is visible in the background, but there is no clear indication of a logging yard here. Thus we feel it's likely that this was a way station along a longer log chute, which sometimes stretched for miles through the forest. Multiple steam donkeys were used to pull the logs with cables along the route to the eventual yarding area. -- This photo is restored and printed by Old Oregon.

Additional Information

Item Number AA0698
Photographer John F. Ford
Location Columbia County
Subject Logging
Decade 1900s
Print Maker Old Oregon
Original Type Larger Print
Size of Original 6.1 x 8.3 inches
Photographer's Number Number 17.