Here's a nice view of logging at Greenpoint (Kingsley) in the 1890s. It looks like a selective thinning operation to me.
Not sure if Dad couldn't get a sitter or if it was "bring your kid to work" day in Hood River, but at least he has a firm hand on the bridle.
"Selective" in the sense, only take the biggest and best, or at lest don't take the small damaged trees!
Funny, I saw the vertical fold down the middle of the photograph, and had to wonder if this meant something to somebody's dad or son that it was carried in a pocket; then saw the tyke on the draft horse, and had to wonder again...
spinsur on 17th April 2014 @ 7:14am
They probably were not taking those logs too far, as there were those saw mills up there in the hills.
Sadly there is apparently no names on the photo. Reminder if you have old photos and know who they are, get those names, dates and any information you have on them.....now............
Charlott on 17th April 2014 @ 7:22am
Where is Greenpoint? Must have had a fire went through here 30 or so years before to only have timber this big.
Buzz on 17th April 2014 @ 7:31am
I agree buzz. For 1890, those stumps aren't very big and lots of small stuff.
Maybe mom is taking the photo.
l.e. on 17th April 2014 @ 7:43am
You can see bigger stumps mixed in, but it looks like they may have been logged out at an earlier time.
Longshot on 17th April 2014 @ 8:12am
I like the skid mark down the hill - follow it to the log that got skidded by those beautiful horses.
Jill on 17th April 2014 @ 8:25am
Does anyone see bigfoot in the distance?
ralph on 17th April 2014 @ 8:34am
Picture reminds me of the old story about hiring loggers. If you need two good men, make sure they are wearing suspenders. If they are wearing belts, hire 4 or 5 of them and fire 2 or 3 right away.
Buzz on 17th April 2014 @ 9:10am
I believe the Greenpoint mill was up by Kingsley reservoir. I don't have any more precise location.
Arthur on 17th April 2014 @ 9:14am
Does the team to the left look to have appaloosa markings? The smaller of the team that the boy is sitting on is either a pony or a young thing, hardly a draft horse for pulling logs.
nels on 17th April 2014 @ 10:26am
Green Point Reservoir was built on the site of the Green Point Mill. Lower reservoir was built in 1936, upper 1937. Here's a view of the mill pond. https://oregondigital.org/cdm4/item_viewer.php?CISOROOT=%2Fgwilliams&CISOPTR=454&DMSCALE=6.25000&DMWIDTH=600&DMHEIGHT=600&DMMODE=viewer&DMFULL=0&DMOLDSCALE=2.49460&DMX=0&DMY=0&DMTEXT=&DMTHUMB=1&REC=1&DMROTATE=0&x=31&y=43 Hope the link works.
OrMtnMaid on 17th April 2014 @ 10:39am
I don't see any saws. Just axes.
Like Longshot says, those bigger stumps look like older cuts and some of them look like they may have been burned.
Have you ever heard of Green Point being called Burghertown? The obituary for Charlie Bell mentions that.
There is a HHR photo of the mill near Greenpoint
There was so much that went on in this area they might not even be logging per se. They might be building a dam, or a flume or clearing ground.
Buzz, it is probably raining where you are today so here is some good history reading about early HR watershed areas. Greenpoint and Kinglsey are mentioned quite often.
l.e. on 17th April 2014 @ 11:09am
Your post just showed up OrMtnMaid.
Yes, the link works.
Much larger operation than I expected.
I think the planned railroad from Portland connecting to the Mt Hood RR was suppose to go through this area.
l.e. on 17th April 2014 @ 12:24pm
Thanks for the location of the mill, @OrMtnMaid. We have several nice images of that operation which are queued up for future posts. It's great to know where it is. Do you have any detail on where the flume was, or whether any signs of it remain? I know Scott Cook has searched for it unsuccessfully.
Arthur on 17th April 2014 @ 1:09pm
The boy is in school learning a trade. Might not be able to do trig and algebra when I got out, but probably knew how to earn a living.
Longshot on 17th April 2014 @ 1:44pm
Greenpoint is the location of Camp Yallani. (Hope I spelled that right)
Norma Jubitz Simpson on 17th April 2014 @ 1:56pm
Oh, I know Camp Yallani. That is where the Wy'east girls used to be counselors in the summer. They used to sneak across the dike on Saturday night and we would meet up and dance in the moonlight. Nice girls. Good fun.
Buzz on 17th April 2014 @ 2:50pm