Early Logging Years

A collection of photos from early years of the logging industry in Port Orford and the surrounding area. The photo below shows the S.S. Frogner at the dock and a lumber loader on Fort Point. At this time Highway 101 was a gravel road. The Knapp Hotel and George and Maude Forty House are also visible in this early photograph.

Battle Rock — East Side. Original photograph.
Lumber Loader at Fort Point
Lumber Loader at Fort Point. Retouched by John Heida.

Another photo shows the Port Orford Dock with a heavy load of logs, most likely Port Orford Cedar. Two coaster steamers are in the harbor and the old Cannery building can be seen at left.

Port Orford Dock and Cannery Building, c. 1920.

These two early photos from the Gilbert Gable era show the blasting of Graveyard Point to make way for the jetty and the “new and improved” port. More photos on our Gable Jetty Construction and Proposal page.

Maritime - Dock - Jetty construction - Gilbert Gable Graveyard Point dynamited c1935
Gilbert Gable Jetty Construction – Graveyard Point dynamited c1935
Maritime - Dock - Piling - Gilbert Gable Jetty construction 1937-05 - Loading lumber SS Siskiyou
SS Siskiyou loading lumber. Gilbert Gable Jetty Construction. 1937 – May

A classic “One Load Log” is seen on a 1940’s Mack Truck near the Humbug Mountain Lodge during the days of old-growth logging. Surprisingly, there are no binder chains securing the log or its trailer in this photo.

Hauling A Forest Giant in Oregon. Sawyers Studio, c1950.

View more photos of the early logging years in The Port Orford Historical Photos Archive.

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  1. My grandfather owned a logging company in Port Orford in the 1950’s the Stole-Benz logging company.

    • Hi Mikayle — if you have more information about your grandfather’s business, we would love to hear about it. How long was it in operation and where was it?

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