Loading Logs with a Spar Pole - c. 1925


Loading Logs with a Spar Pole - Corbett

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High lead logging, using a spar pole, became common in the Pacific Northwest in the 1920s. Soon the pole was adapted to help load railroad cars with logs for the mills. Whether used for bringing cut logs into the yard or loading railroad cars, the cables on spar poles were powered by wood-fired steam donkeys, shown here in detail view 2. The pole itself was initially a strategically placed tree, which was limbed and topped and used as a support for pulleys guiding the cables.

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

Additional Information

Item Number AA0829
Photographer Leslie Corbett
Location Washington State
Subject Logging
Decade 1920s
Print Maker Old Oregon
Original Type Larger Print
Size of Original 6.1 x 8.1 inches
Photographer's Number Number 34