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Hundreds of river men like the ones in this photograph shepherded logs cut in northern New England down the Connecticut River to Turners Falls, Massachusetts, in the annual spring "log drive." The men worked from 4:30 in the morning until 7:30 at night for $2 to $2.50 a day plus board. The ferry in the foreground transported the draft horses used to pull stranded logs off gravel banks. The river men performed the dangerous task of breaking up "log jams' on the river. Men from the Turners Falls Lumber Company sorted some of the logs when they reached the Falls; the rest of the wood continued down the river to Holyoke and then on to Hartford, Connecticut.


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Log crew working above Sunderland Bridge

photographer   Unidentified
date   c. 1900
location   South Deerfield, Massachusetts
process/materials   copy print
item type   Photograph/Photograph
accession #   #1996.37.01.067

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See Also...

Log Drive Cook Shack on Connecticut River

Log Driving on the Connecticut River

"Log Drive Passing Turners Falls" article in Greenfield's Gazette and Courier newspaper

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