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Keywords:Bull wacker, California Redwoods, Giant Redwoods, Historical logging, Humboldt County, Logging photos, Northern California, oak barrels, ox yokes, oxen team, skid roads, wacker, yokes
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Date modified8-Nov-11 12:36
Oxen Team

Oxen Team

Oxen teams numbering 16 to 20 animals were a common sight in Northern California lumber camps until nearly 1895. As they pulled giant Redwood logs from the forests along skid roads made of small green logs. Each Ox pair known as a span, could pull more then 4,000 pounds. Log sections over 10 feet in diameter and weighted up to 40 tons were not uncommon. Oak barrels were placed at the edge of the skid road, providing a source of water or tallow to reduce friction between the sliding logs and the roadbed.