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Logging Repair – Logging Camp

LOGGING CAMPS

Logging Camps were established at the end of the railway line to house the workers because there was no means of the workers getting to and from work except by train. There were no roads out into the woods – the railroad provided the sole method of access. The camps were moved when the timber in the immediate vicinity to the area was all cut.

Some camps were very rustic. Others had a machine shop, factory, church, school, store, and a dance hall that doubled as a theatre. A typical logger’s hut housed two loggers. They each had a space of about 10 feet by 8 feet. There was room for a bed, and a chair and a hut typically had a wood-fired stove. Food, usually good food, was provided in a cookhouse manned by Finnish ladies or Chinese men. A logger had to be well fed. He could easily consume 6,000 calories in a day’s work. The logger got paid a dollar a day. They received a new pair of boots once a year with free food and lodging.

Lumberjacks are mostly North American workers in the logging industry who perform the initial harvesting and transport of trees for ultimate processing into forest products. The term usually refers to a bygone era when hand tools were used in harvesting trees. Because of its historical ties, the term lumberjack has become ingrained in popular culture through folklore, mass media, and spectator sports. The actual work was difficult, dangerous, intermittent, low-paying, and primitive in living conditions. However, the men built a traditional culture that celebrated strength, masculinity, confrontation with danger, and resistance to modernization. WIKI

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