Life at a logging camp was described by someone and they left it on a sheet of paper for the museum. I have no idea who to credit it to, but it is worth sharing.
This is a photo from our collection. Lumber Camp at Beauty Lake. I have been told that there are two Beauty Lakes in Hubbard County. If you know any of the history or the location of this camp please share by leaving a comment.
5 AM Breakfast, no talking at the table, it wasted time.
Dishes were made of tin. 80 to 120 men eating off of them made a lot of noise.
Wages were $26-$30 dollars a month with board and bunk.
River Drivers made $50 a month
Cooks $80 – $100 a month
A team $26 – $30 a month
River Driver was probably the most dangerous occupation in the state, many drowned or had legs or arms broken. Injury or death was considered part of the job.
A river driver stood on and ran from one log to the next as the logs were floated down the river to sawmills or pulp mills.
The Hubbard County Historical Museum is hosting a Chuck Wagon Dinner and Silent Auction on Saturday April 21, 2012 at the American Legion in Park Rapids. Tickets are on sale now. Tickets are $9.00 each for adults and $4.00 each for children. Please mail your check to HCHS PO Box 327 Park Rapids, MN 56470 and tickets will be mailed to you. We appreciate your support! Dinner will include Roast Beef, Baked Potato, Baked Beans, Sour Dough Biscuit and an Ice Cream Sundae. Live music will be by The Wranglers!
Silent Auction Items are needed. Please call Nancy at 252-4103 if you have something to donate.