Willamette Tower Skidder at Crown Willamette, Cathlamet - 1927


Willamette Tower Skidder at Crown Willamette, Cathlamet - Harold M. Brown

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One of the largest logging machines ever built, this Willamette Tower Skidder was over 100 feet high and weighed about 475,000 pounds. The Willamette Iron & Steel Company used all the 1926 technology they could muster on this "unit", which was powered by multiple steam donkeys.

Skidder No. 3 was ordered in August, 1926 and shipped via barge to Cathlamet, Washington on March 27, 1927. The original photo was dated April 24, 1927, shortly after the skidder was set up and began work. This model is easily distinguished by the section about half way up that supports the sail guy (which supports the boom) and was also apparently used to raise the tower. (See detail view 1.)

These large machines were created for the larger trees in Northwest forests, after a number of skidders built in the midwest were unable to hold up under the huge loads handled here.

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

Additional Information

Item Number AA1282
Photographer Harold M. Brown
Location Washington State
Subject Logging
Decade 1920s
Print Maker Old Oregon
Original Type Larger Print
Size of Original 7.4 x 9.4 inches
Photographer's Number Number 1360-10