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Log Drive

Stacked logs In North Idaho, a way of life exists only on film. It is the annual log drive on the Clearwater River. "Potlatch had these logging crews that during the fall and winter put up these huge racks of logs along the North Fork of the Clearwater," says historian Marty Peterson. "In the spring when the high water hit, they cut them loose and floated them downstream to Lewiston down to the mill."

Log Drive The log drives were big events in North Idaho. "Dad would load the family in the car and wed all get out and wed watch the log drive," Peterson says. "If you were really lucky, they had a log jam going on and youd get to watch the loggers out there trying to undo that jam."

Wannigans Construction of Dworshak Dam ended the log drives, but the memories remain. "We have motion picture footage of the wannigans, the floating dining halls and bunkhouses, floating alongside the log drives," Peterson says. "I think that things like that are a very important part of the historic record that we need to maintain."
Links

Potlatch Corporation

Potlatch Lumber Company Records

The Last Log Drive

Log Drive

Log Drive on the Connecticut

Lumberjack Days

Dworshak Dam

Dworshak Dam photo

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