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Bonners Ferry in Boundary County, Idaho — The American West (Mountains)
 

Logging Railroads

 
 
Logging Railroads Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Barry Swackhamer, May 8, 2018
1. Logging Railroads Marker
Captions: (top to bottom, left to right) Log chute; Log landing; A.C. White Lumber Company locomotive; Loading logs on siding: Steam donkey (on right) loading logs; Logging train; Loaded flatcars
Inscription.  In the early days, this area was forested with vast swaths of huge virgin timber. As timber became less available along waterways, logging spur lines and railroad sidings were constructed to access more distant timber. Many logging camps sprang up along the rails. Logs were moved to the rail by log chutes made of hewn trees, or skidded by horses, or hauled by horse-drawn sleighs.
Logging locomotives were short, coal-burning, gear-driven, steam engines designed to slowly pull heavy loads up steep slopes. During winter months, workers called "sand monkeys" applied sand to the steep rails for traction and braking.
Steam donkey engines along the spur lines, loaded logs onto flatcars using an A-frame jammer and "pigs feet" log clamps. Operators were referred to as "donkey punchers."
The locomotive pulled loaded cars from the spur to the mainline, leaving them on a siding to be exchanged for empties when a train came by. Sometimes, the locomotive pulled the logging train directly to the mill on the mainline.
 
Erected 2009 by Boundary County Historical Society.
 
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Location. 48° 41.861′ N, 116° 18.693′ W. Marker is in Bonners Ferry, Idaho, in Boundary County. Marker can be reached from Main Street near Riverside Street, on the right when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 7229 Main Street, Bonners Ferry ID 83805, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Railroad Services (here, next to this marker); Spokane International Railway (here, next to this marker); Railroad Laborers (here, next to this marker); Kootenai Valley Railway (here, next to this marker); Great Northern Railway 1892 (here, next to this marker); A Town is Born Along the Way (here, next to this marker); Semaphores (here, next to this marker); Pelton Wheel (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Bonners Ferry.
 
More about this marker. This marker is located on the backside of the building at 7229 Main Street near the entrance to the Boundary County Museum.
 
Logging Railroads Marker, next to the entrance image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Barry Swackhamer, May 8, 2018
2. Logging Railroads Marker, next to the entrance
Boundary County Railroads image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Barry Swackhamer, May 8, 2018
3. Boundary County Railroads
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Credits. This page was last revised on August 31, 2018. It was originally submitted on August 31, 2018, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California. This page has been viewed 270 times since then and 34 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on August 31, 2018, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California.

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