Sorting Gap in the Thunder Bay River


Description
Media Type:
Image
Item Type:
Slides
Description:
This "sorting gap" in the Thunder Bay River was a series of pens made of logs chained together. Men with "pike poles" would stand on the logs, read the "log mark" on the logs coming down the river. The mark identified which lumber company owned the log. Then using the pike pole, the men would guide the log into the pen of that company. The company that provided this service was known as a boom company.
Date of Original:
c 1890
Dimensions:
Width: 5306 px
Height: 3624 px
Image Dimensions:
Image Width: 5306px
Image Height: 3624px
Subject(s):
Collection:
Ann Taber Collection
Language of Item:
English
Geographic Coverage:
  • Thunder Bay River:
    Michigan, United States
    fltLatitude: 45.0653174497522
    Latitude: 45.0653174497522 Longitude: -83.4336083068848
Donor:
Tim Taber
Copyright Statement:
Public domain: Copyright has expired according to Canadian law. No restrictions on use.
Recommended Citation:
Ann Taber Collection, Alpena County George N. Fletcher Public Library
Contact
Alpena County George N. Fletcher Public Library
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Alpena, Michigan 49707
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(989)356-6188

Sorting Gap in the Thunder Bay River
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Sorting Gap in the Thunder Bay River


This "sorting gap" in the Thunder Bay River was a series of pens made of logs chained together. Men with "pike poles" would stand on the logs, read the "log mark" on the logs coming down the river. The mark identified which lumber company owned the log. Then using the pike pole, the men would guide the log into the pen of that company. The company that provided this service was known as a boom company.