Historic Hood River
Benson Log Raft
This Gifford photogravure of a Benson raft is from a 1912 folio on loan from an HHR reader. Starting in 1906 these seagoing rafts made of Oregon logs fueled a construction boom in Southern California. 120 rafts of logs were shipped from Clatskanie to Benson’s mill in San Diego for processing between 1906 and 1941.