Logging Wheels
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member brwhiz
N 35° 11.852 W 111° 39.003
12S E 440824 N 3895142
Quick Description: This Historical Marker is mounted on a petrified log next to the Logging Wheels, on the south side of the parking lot, west of the Flagstaff Train Station at 1 E Route 66 in Flagstaff, Arizona.
Location: Arizona, United States
Date Posted: 10/21/2012 6:08:21 PM
Waymark Code: WMFHHB
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member cache_test_dummies
Views: 6

Long Description:
Logging Wheels

Logging wheels were originally an integral part of the early lumber industry in Northern Arizona. Originally designed in 1870 by Silas Overpack, a Manistee, Michigan wheelwright, the wheels were used by a local farmer to help him clear his land. When logging operations began in the early 1880s, they became a vital part of the process. The wheels, originally pulled by horses, were used into the early 1900s and were even pulled by early steam tractors.

When lumberjacks felled the large trees and cut them into manageable lengths, the wheels were backed over the logs and the horses were disconnected. The tongue of the wheels was then lifted into the air and a chain was run under the logs and up to hooks on top of the axle. As the axle was pulled back down, it lifted the logs off the ground. A chain was then run around the front of the logs and the tongue to prevent the tongue from flipping back up. The horses were then re-harnessed to the wheels and the logs were pulled out of the woods to the railhead.

These wheels were one of two sets that used to sit on either side of Route 66, on the west end of town near the Arizona Lumber and Timber Company, as an entryway to Flagstaff. In the 1990s, these wheels were in a serious state of decay and were moved to the Arizona Historical Society-Pioneer Museum. In 2003, a restoration project was begun to restore them to their original condition. Few craftsmen remain that have the ability to work on wheels of this size. The wheels were disassembled and the hardware was sent to Hansen Wheel and Wagon Company of Letcher, South Dakota. The wood was irreparable. Hansen's craftsmen were able to use measurements and photos of the wheels to reconstruct this set, using the original iron parts.

Marker Name: Logging Wheels

Type of history commemorated: Other

County: Coconino

Name of any agency/ agencies setting marker:
Flagstaff Sunrise Rotary Club Arizona Historical Society and Northern Arizona Pioneers' Historical Society Coconino County City of Flagstaff

Year placed: 2004

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