Historic Logging Sites and Equipment

Discussion in 'Pacific Northwet - Where it's green. And wet.' started by DiggerD, Mar 14, 2018.

  1. dammitdave

    dammitdave Long timer

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    Thanks for the invite Anatoli! ?In your second photo above is that depression you're standing in an old skid road? dd
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  2. Anatoli

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    Yes. This area was logged by railroad. A fire (or several) burnt out the railroad and interrupted harvest activities. Those trestles are a b***h to rebuild when all the material is gone from the area. A couple dozen skeleton cars were painfully recovered but the Loki was cut up for scrap up on the mountain as it was stranded.
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  3. DiggerD

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  4. dammitdave

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    Excellent primer on the why's of tree felling. I know plenty about tree felling: Keep your phone charged up, your insurance paid and call the experts! I really liked their manipulation of the fall with the Humbolt and the Sizwell. Thanks digger!
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    I have a downriver neighbor 55yrs old and just relies on his girlfriend's SSN check each month......He drops my trees @ $15.00 an hour...
    Sure beats me getting killed doing it on my own...
    He has been told if he gets hurt I'm just dragging his remains to the river and giving the beavers some extra protein....
    I think he thinks I'm kidding.....:defend
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  6. Anatoli

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    I trust readers will forgive my brief topic expansion to include this very rare 1916 Stanley Model 826 30 HP Mountain Wagon owned and restored by my neighbor Pat Farrell. This Stanley Steamer also featured prominently in local PNW history and was used to transport guests to the Sol Duc Hot Springs and Resort on the Olympic Peninsula in the early part of the 20th century. What you see is the product of a 20 year restoration, a true labor of love. 30 Mountain Wagons were produced, and only 20 remain worldwide.

    In the early days of the automobile, gas engines made little power, and none were capable of pushing a big rig with 8 to 12 passengers up a mountain road. While rated at 30 horsepower, this powerplant made 800 ft lbs of torque. Steam power was a well developed and accepted technology, and it dominated the nascent automotive industry at the time.

    While the connection to the PNW logging industry is tenuous, it is not difficult to imagine principals of Peninsula logging interests traveling in this rig while on business afield inspecting their timber properties and operations, then to retire to the bar at the grand Sol Duc Hotel with associates.

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    Pat has downsized his extensive automobile collection over the years, but his 3 Stanleys are keepers.

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    Pat’s home museum is a thing of wonder. I could get lost here for days. Thanks Pat for allowing us a peek inside!

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    This doesn’t qualify as very old but it is kind of cool. This got abandoned up here around 15 years ago when they finished logging. I’m told this yarder is built on an old military tank chassis..,.
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    Found these tower parts and gearbox alongside a road interior BC in 2013.
    When I got home I found one of the choker bells in my bike bag?...

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  11. Anatoli

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    Loggers and liquor go together hand in hand. I found these moonshine jugs in the Land of the Giants. Now I am searching for the still. It was probably alongside a small creek.
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    I mayhaps a been along sider small crik! in the quiocaler!
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  14. rg sw wa.

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    A friend of mine had a stand alone Stihl dealer and owned the liquor store that was next store. Had a common wall between the two businesses and a pass through door so he could help his customers. And he has a lot of stories to tell about the loggers coming in early in the morning to pick up a repaired saw, mix or oil and then going next store to buy some refreshments.
  15. Anatoli

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    A return visit to the Alger Shingle Mill site today allowed me to photograph a few artifacts mostly hidden by the jungle. DB Cooper examines a large piece of thick gauge sheet steel. It has a folded metal edge and several nails still in the back side. Oil drum? Smokestack?

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    This 28” hemlock straddles a big pile of red and sand colored fire brick. I believe that this was the boiler building that powered the mill and small village.

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    Ferns now grace the rail grade to the left, and the big tree grows on top of the boiler room brick pile.

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    A close up of the bottom of the dam on Dry Creek that impounded the mill pond.

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    The dam is almost completely obscured in this view from downstream. Stream flow has filled the former pond to the top with aggregate. The company railroad dumped the cedar logs into the pond on the right side, a steam powered conveyer hoisted the logs up the hillside on the left to the headworks. Many years ago an old timer told of salvaging a big blade from the pond at low water.

    Years of searching has also revealed the mile long railroad incline, the snubbing engine site, and much of the railroad grade. Sadly, parts of the mill complex have been buried by a much newer logging road. I find something new with every visit.

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    Thanks for "the GOOD shit" you post! Such a cool thread thanks. :smile6
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  17. Anatoli

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    Ok, a few pics from last Wednesday’s 155 mile dual sport ride from Stevens Pass to the Columbia River and back via mostly dirt. Note the riding glove for scale. How these giants escaped the ax I don’t know.

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