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Logging Train and Donkeys in the Wonderful Woods of Washington, 1908

Darius Kinsey

This image shows the massive scale of the fir trees being logged — by hand — in the Cascade Mountains near Seattle in the early 1900s. The crew poses near their handiwork, the largest log felled from fir tree 12 feet in diameter, which could yield “43,462 board feet of lumber.” The “donkeys” in the title aren’t animals — they refer to the steam engines you can see in the right side of the photo. The steam “donkey” powered a winch with a cable attached, which could drag huge logs up steep mountain slopes.

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