The McGiffert Log Loader
The McGiffert Log Loader was a rail hauled, log loading machine invented in 1901 by John R. McGiffert. Several hundred of these machines were built for use in North America, alone. Today, only 5 or 6 exist in the US, and one in Canada. These machines, like the Clyde Log Skidders, were built by the Clyde Iron Works of Duluth, MN. Here at the Museum, we have two of those that remain. In front of the machine shop, volunteers are restoring McGiffert #1229 while loader # 1230 rests behind the shop.
The various Crowell lumber companies may have had as many as 7 of these machines between 1902 and 1954. Clyde Iron Works records were destroyed in a fire in 1908, so while we know that the Alexandria Lumber Co. purchased one of these machines, prior to that date, we have no formal record. It is also safe to assume that Crowell and Spencer also purchased a machine in that same time frame. After 1908, Crowell and Spencer purchased McGifferts # 1002 and 1230, while the Meridian Lumber Co. purchased unit #1222. Also, Alexandria Lumber Co. purchased a second hand loader, #1036, from the McNary Lumber Co, in 1923 for use at Alco. The machine here, #1229,
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Industry & Commerce • Railroads & Streetcars.
Location. 31° 0.374′ N, 92° 33.404′ W. Marker is in Long Leaf, Louisiana, in Rapides Parish. Marker can be reached from Long Leaf Road. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Longleaf LA 71448, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Red River and Gulf RR Locomotive #106 (within shouting distance of this marker); The "Roundhouse", The Machine Shop and the "Car Knockers Shed" (within shouting distance of this marker); Long Leaf Sawmill (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); a different marker also named Long Leaf Sawmill (about 300 feet away); a different marker also named Long Leaf Sawmill (about 300 feet away); Locomotive #400 (about 300 feet away); Crowell and Spencer Engine #400 (about 300 feet away); Clyde Double Drum-Cable Outhaul Log Skidder (about 400 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Long Leaf.
More about this marker. Located on the grounds of the Southern Forest Heritage Museum, Admission required.
Also see . . . Museum Website. (Submitted on May 28, 2019, by Cajun Scrambler of Assumption, Louisiana.)
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