Historic Hood River
Log Trains and Sewing Machines?
I found an interesting set of promotional cards from the Singer Sewing Machine Company in the Marlor/Blythe collection. The cards are all photographs by the Kiser Bros. of sights around Oregon. As the Kiser Bros. were the official photographers of the Lewis and Clark Exposition, I suspect these were prepared for the 1905 Expo.
This isn’t local logging, but it’s a great image to tell the story of logging in the steam era. The text on the reverse explains it all:
Logging Train: This picture shows a Logging Train in the heart of the Coast Range, where a vast and valuable amount of fir timber is to be found. To the left of the picture is a logging or donkey engine, which draws the logs to the roadway, shown in the foreground. Here they are rolled upon the cars which carry them to the banks of the Columbia River, and where they are places in booms ready for the trip to Portland. The average size of the logs, as shown in this picture, is about 5 feet in diameter.