These 12 Rare Photos Show Oregon's Logging History Like Never Before
The timber industry has played a vital role in Oregon’s legacy and growth as a state. These photos provide a unique peek at the Beaver State’s logging history and the rugged individuals who helped shape our great state into what it is today. Take a look:
Around the turn of the 20th century, the Pacific Northwest was at the forefront of the timber industry.
In Portland, logs and lumber ships could often be seen crowding the Willamette River. From here, timber was shipped out across the world.
The men who worked in the industry typically lived in logging camps. There were usually bunkhouses for single men, and some camps had housing for families.
Most logging camps had a cookhouse with a kitchen and dining hall. If a camp had a good cook, it was often able to attract and keep the best workers.
While logging was normally an exclusively male profession, many women worked in the industry during WWII.
Lumberjacks often lived and worked in the forests 24/7.
To see a full length video about Oregon's logging history, watch this one uploaded by youtube user cognocentrics: VIDEO
These men of the forest harvested trees by cutting them down with axes and cross-cut saws. This was a physically demanding job and working conditions were often dangerous.
Here, you can see two loggers with springboards pounding wedges into a tree.
After the trees were cut down, the "buckers" were responsible for breaking the tree up into sections.
This man is breaking up a larch tree log, circa 1910.
Logs were then loaded onto trestles for transport.
This picture was taken at Oregon's Bridal Veil Lumber Company in 1910.
Log flumes were used to transport lumber and logs over mountainous terrain.
This log flume was part of the Bridal Veil Lumber Company in Palmer, Oregon.
Once the logs made it to the sawmill, they were cut into lumber.
Pictured: The log pond at Pope & Talbot Sawmill in Oakridge, Oregon.
Sawmills have long been considered a defining symbol of Oregon. In 1870, there were approximately 173 mills in the state.
Here you can see the rear end of Bridal Veil Lumber Company.
The Brooks Scanlon Lumber Company was a major mill located near Bend, Oregon.
By 1922, more than 400 men were employed here.
For more historic snapshots of Oregon’s past, be sure to check out our previous article:
Here Are The Oldest Photos Ever Taken In Oregon And They’re Incredible.
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