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The Last Remnants of the Log Drives

It's a dangerous kind of work to cut down trees but it's even more dangerous what riverjacks do with them after. Floating logs down the river seems like an exciting way to transport logs but it's dwindling nowadays with trucks and railroads proving to be easier and more efficient in bringing the logs to be processed. But what is it about log drives, the practice of transporting logs down the river, that makes riverjacks stay?

(Image credit: Popular Mechanics)

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I remember seeing logs floating down the Kennebec River in Maine when vacationing up there in the mid-1950's. Did not see any men on them.
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I can't recall hearing floating logs down the river referred to as log drives, I think it was just referred to as floating logs. Both my father and grandfather worked on what I remember being called the boom or log boom into the 1970's. I'll have to ask my dad if the term log drives was used in our area of the Pacific Northwest.
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