railroads, logging

Timber Railroads

As the railroad carved deeper into the ancient Cascadian forest, logging camps proliferated. Most dwellings were made so to be picked and transported via locomotive to the next location. Erik Andreas was making a name for himself as a carpenter and crew member building trestles.  He later became superintendent of the Basin Lumber Company owned and managed by J. S. O’Gorman out of Portland, OR.  All in all it is said this outfit raked in nearly 120 million board feet of lumber. The company would establish for it’s time, the longest and highest known stretch of railroad in the upper Columbia (Cascade region). 

A junction of converging tracks snakes through this larger sized logging community. I used this image to inform a drawing of my own

Yards like this housed tools/equipment and provided shelter from long periods of PNW rain. 

A dog stands on the tracks next to a line worker, somewhere deep in the Cascade Mountains. 

First of two photos depicting a trestle construction in progress, taken around 1910.

Another perspective from the latter, this time from topside.. 

Another perspective from the latter, this time from topside..