Log Flume Crossing


Phillipsport, United States

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A log flume is a flume specifically constructed to transport lumber and logs down mountainous terrain to a sawmill by using flowing water. These watertight trough-like channels could be built to span a long distance across chasms and down steep mountain slopes. The use of log flumes facilitated the quick and cheap transportation of logs and thereby eliminated the need for horse or oxen-drawn carriages on dangerous mountain trails.

Early flumes were square chutes that were prone to jams that could cause damage and required constant maintenance. In 1868, James W. Haines first built the “V” shaped log flumes that allowed a jammed log to free itself as the rising water level in the flume pushed it up. These efficient flumes consisted of 2 boards, 2 feet wide, joined perpendicularly, and came in common use in the western United States during the late 19th century.

Proper operation was ensured by “flume herders” who at various locations along the flume checked the flow of lumber and water. On occasion, despite being exceedingly dangerous, flume herders and others would ride down the flume in small crafts or boats, either for inspection or for thrills. Such rides were the precursor of the modern log-ride amusement park attractions.
This small portion of miles of flume winding along the road crosses the stream, gives a small portion of its history through a plaque on the square base which reads “Maris Brothers, Phila. Manning, Maxwell, & Moore Agents###New York City Capacity 10 tons”.
Photographed via the road to the Mongaup Reservoir, Sullivan County, New York, USA.
Composed in Photoshop. Original textures.

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