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
    Latitude: 45.0653174497522 Longitude: -83.4336083068848
Donor
Tim Taber
Copyright Statement
Copyright status unknown. Responsibility for determining the copyright status and any use rests exclusively with the user.
Recommended Citation
Ann Taber Collection, Alpena County George N. Fletcher Public Library
Contact
Alpena County George N. Fletcher Public Library
Email
WWW address
Agency street/mail address
211 N. First Ave.
Alpena, Michigan 49707
USA
(989)356-6188
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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.