Lumberjacks Sitting On Top of a Precariously Stacked Pile of Logs


Photo: MSCUA, University of Washington Libraries. Photo Coll 516

Back when old growth timber was plentiful and lives were cheap, this photograph of a 1932 logging crew in the Pacific Northwest showed how lumberjacks sat on top of precariously stacked logs. It'd take very little for the whole pile to shift and crush anyone unlucky enough to be in the wrong place at the wrong time.

Our pal Avi Abrams of Dark Roasted Blend and historian Steve O'Neill explored the ghost town of Bordeaux, Washington - a once bustling logging town that provided lumber for everything from clipper ships to furnitures. Take a look: Link - Thanks Avi!


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I'd see something like that in clear cut areas when I worked for the USFS in Mt.Baker National forest back in 1959. Of course not with a group of loggers sitting on it.
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