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A bunch of loggers standing around for a picture. Listen close and you'll hear the boss yelling for them to get back to work!

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A sawmill.

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Tracks on a logging railroad. The logs "cribbed up" on the right look like "headers" These were used to roll logs onto the railroad cars without having to go up hill too much. Of course you wouldn't want to go downhill too much either or you might lose control of the logs.

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Cutting with an early chainsaw. Notice the lack of safety equipment such as helmet, ear protection, face shield, etc.

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A map of logging railroads in the area.

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There is an interesting chart showing the names of logging railroads and when they were in operation.

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Logs in a river drive.

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The two man crosscut saw was in common use before the chain saw came along. It looks like the wood staked in the background is 4 foot long pulpwood destined for a paper mill. Notice that the log they are cutting is placed on poles that look to be 4 feet apart. This is to properly support the log at each cut so the saw blade isn't pinched.

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This is how people who work in the woods cutting down trees came to be called "choppers". In this picture the two men are taking turns, striking every other blow.

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Using a modern version of a "buck saw", common before the chain saw was invented.

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Working on a log drive or in the "mill pond" is hard dangerous work.

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Logs are brought from the woods to the mill, seems simple, but logs are both large and heavy!

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A logging railroad engine pulling a passenger car.

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