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They look like Lodgepole pine logs. The Lodgepole grows like a
weed in the northwestern
states and forms dense stands. It's not a Douglas Fir or one of
the mighty Spruce trees
from the Olympic Peninsula (that grew well over 300 feet tall)
or even Ponderosa pine,
but not all lumber needs to be high quality. :-)
Iron ore, coal, copper ore all came from Utah, and Rio Grande GS
gondolas were often seen
in the PNW.
Also, logs and even wood chips can be economically moved from
Wyoming to Portand and
Seattle. Lots of Lodgepole forest in Wyoming.
On 4/11/2020 8:06 PM, David Soderblom wrote:
A lovely image with so much going on:
- Such skinny logs for that long ago; not
old-growth at all, and with tangled branches. Not worth
harvesting for many outfits at that time.
- A recently constructed mill: the paint and
roof lines are so tidy. What’s the long diagonal building
extension going to in the background? It looks like a factory
building with its windows on lower storeys, so many uses for
the sawdust or scrap?
- Note how the top logs in the foreground car
extend over the car end, coupler, and to the next car. Not
kosher, unless the cars were intended to be a single shipment
- The steam crane at the far end: for unloading
the cars? Most sawmills had better means than that, although
those were specifically for log cars, as opposed to gons,
where the logs have ti lifted over the sides. Was this a
highly unusual movement, justifying the photo?
- Steam everywhere. Talk about the steam era.
1930s, to judge by the cars to the right.
And the obvious question: Why UCR cars? Logs