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Thursday, March 13, 2008

Horses & High Wheels

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Overpack's logging wheels could haul logs without the need for icy ground. They didn't sink into mud in the wet terrain of the northern woods where ordinary wagon wheels would get mired in the springtime after the winter thaw. The wheels also enabled a team of horses to pull several logs at a time. The logs were held by a chain that suspended the logs' weight from the wheel axle, creating a stablizing, lower center of gravity




This is my grandson Cody who is staying with me for a few weeks, i had him stand there so you could get a feel of how big this wheel is.

12 comments:

Old Wom Tigley said...

I love the idea of this... I will go and do a bit of a reserch on these 'Big Wheels' This is the kind of thing that really gets my intetrest.

Jean M Fogle said...

I am reading a book just now about the logging industry in the NW. Thanks for the great post!

Donna said...

Neat story and a Real Cutie..Cody!! Have a fun day!hugs

carl h. sr. said...

What an adventure you and your fella are living.Aren't grandchildren the most wonderful blessings? I just came across your blog this morning.I will try to stop in every once in a while.

Luke Wiley said...

that is a huge wheel! thanks for having your grandson in the shot for scale.

RuneE said...

I must be getting old - I first read your title as Horses & High Heels!

I have never seen that kind of wagon over here, but the principle must be sound. Thanks for teaching me something new!

Neva said...

this could be an "H" as well!!!HUGE!!!

imac said...

Sure are Big Wheels, interesting post.

You will like my new post.

Paulie said...

Absolutely fascinating! Sure learn a lot reading blogs. Where were these photos taken?

Small City Scenes said...

Really interesting. I am having fun learning so much history and geography on these blogs. Thank you. MB

quintarantino said...

Big wheels keep on turning ... said the song!
Nice meeting Cody.

Katney said...

That's very interesting.