In search of steam donkeys: logging equipment in Oregon

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TimberTimes, 1996 - History - 280 pages
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IN SEARCH OF STEAM DONKEYS traces the development of the machinery that made steam logging possible--& sometimes dangerous, sometimes lucrative. It describes the surprisingly creative methods that old-time loggers used, modified, & sometimes misused; the equipment they worked with daily; the sometimes funny, frequently poignant, tales of living & growing up in a logging camp; the reminiscences of those who still remember working as whistle punks, riggers, donkey doctors, & hooktenders. But this book is much more than a collection of personal anecdotes. The product of a lifetime of experience & of twenty years of active research in the field, IN SEARCH OF STEAM DONKEYS tells the stories of the discovery & preservation of the last of these old-time logging machines. It is filled with detailed photographs, diagrams, & dimensions of many types of steam logging equipment. Included are ten plans that many will find useful for constructing their own scale models of these machines & their accessories. A feast for the eyes & the imagination, IN SEARCH OF STEAM DONKEYS will be of interest to loggers, historians, modelers, machinery buffs, curiosity seekers, & lovers of the Pacific Northwest heritage. To order contact: Timber Times, Inc., P.O. Box 219, Hillsboro, OR 97123. Tel. (503) 293-6595.

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