Terrace and Area

Terrace, British Columbia, Canada

Terrace and Area Logging Archive

Besides Mining, and Fruit growing in the area, logging became one of the main economy sources in the Terrace Area.
some of these pictures below show the hard work and dangers involved in the logging industry.
It was a dangerous occupation then and now. It killed many men in the industry over the years.


Skidding Logs with team of horses
exact location, and 2 men shown not known.


Old Skeena Bridge with old Logging Truck
Postcard courtesy Grant Walker, CA


Loading an early model Logging Truck, using a team of horses, ca 1944
Notice the size of the log, being rolled onto the truck from the side
Postcard courtesy Jerome Desilets, via McRae Collection, Terrace

Cedar Pole Capital


Logging a Long Cedar tree ca 1930's near Terrace, Up Kalum Lake Road.
Some of these cedar poles were 135 ft long.
See Clair Giggey page
Postcard courtesy Grant Walker, CA


Loading Cedar Poles in Terrace Postcard labelled “Logging Terrace BC Canada”


Reverse view of above, showing the south side of Kalum st. Railway crossing.
George Little House sits on this spot today. (2017)
Wonder why they loaded these poles at a main road crossing in Terrace? Postcard courtesy Grant Walker, CA

Terrace was known as the “Cedar Pole Capital of the World” at one time.
I believe that is the Philbert / Skeena Hotel on the right side, in top postcard.
Looks like 3 railcars were used to haul these poles
Using a small cat and pole-pulley system to load them.
Poles were dragged along the rail tracks,
then winched up the poles on the side of the cars
set at an angle to guide them into place.
More poles can be seen in foreground
waiting to be pulled into position.


Cedar Poles waiting to be loaded on CNR train
seen on the right side.
Postcard courtesy Grant Walker, CA


Cedar Pole dragged down Kalum st.Imagine doing that today!
Riley's Drug Store, and Terrace Hotel in Background.
Photo courtesy McRae Collection

1966 Terrace newspaper shows a 140 ft long cedar pole, 33 inches at the base
brought into the L. H. & K. Pole Company Log yard
that was donated to Terrace Chamber of Commerce
(Company named after Little, Haugland and Kerr)

Oct 1968, McGillis & Gibbs Company Ltd. set up a preserving tank.
It handled logs up to 110 ft, and cooked the oil
into the butts of the poles for 12 hours.
This today has caused a problem for the environment with this process.
(Company was based in Milwaukee, Wisconsin)

Big Bertha

A 50 ton monument to logging on Highway 16, across from what used to be the Tourism office in 2013.
Near the sani dump, where the loggers that used this machine, think it probably should go, down the drain.
It was only used for one setting, in 1952, and then got stuck in the mud.
It sat in storage in Terrace for years afterwards.
It was supposed to be a Portable Logging Spar.
It was not a popular logging display, among the loggers.
Most tourists probably wonder what it is, since there is no pole in it.
Randy Haigh came up with the idea of the longest cedar pole, that still can be found in the area,
should be put in it, with a Canadian flag flown on top of it.
Council turned his idea down.
I think he was right!
One good thing, no vandals can hurt it!

Tip of the day

Cedar for fence posts? It is one of the best materials to use, just do NOT put concrete around it. use good crushed gravel, tamped as it is shovelled in, while applying a spray of water to the hole, before tamping. Wet crush will pack just like concrete, after a few days, but any surface water will seep thru, and not be held against the post. Concrete and wood do not mix!


Ext Links
Note- Not my sites

world record cedar pole
http://www.terracelibrary.ca/history1/hazelhamilton/recordcedarpoles.htm



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