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of horses hauling lumber on
the streets of Mountain. Some of the buildings which are visible- in
background are the depot. Herb Baldwin's store < now the
and MatSavage's saloon.
men worked through the winter
months in the woods because the heavy snowfalls made it easier to haul
the logs out on sleds. Two teams of horses were used to get a log sled
moving. After the sled was moving, the first team was cut loose. The
wore shoes studded with spikes to help grasp the frozen ground and ice.
team of horses was used to
pull the heavy loads until the steam engine came into general use. This
steam engine could pull a much bigger load of logs but caused some
work since it needed an iced road to travel on.
railroad also extended lines
out to the larger camps, taking out supplies and bringing great loads
logs back. These rail lines belonged to the Holt Company and were known
as Holt's Spur.
logs were eventually hauled
to various landings along the river banks. When enough logs were
a river drive was held floating the logs downstream to their
Some of the timber from this area was sold to Shawano so the Wolf River
was used to transport them. One of the landings used on the Oconto
is west of Mountain on W near the bridge. The river drives started as
as the ice melted and the rivers were high from melting snow. This was
very dangerous work because the logs would tend to pile up at the river
bends and it took back breaking hours to unjam them. Usually just one
two logs were the trouble makers and when they were found the log jam
way with a roar because of the backed up waters behind. This work could
prove fatal to an inexperienced river hog. Floating kitchens and bunk
followed these men, making camp at dusk and rising again at dawn, to
the logs to their destination at Oconto Falls.