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Monday, June 4, 2012

Worth A Thousand Words: Riding the Logs

He knew nothing of "tooling" a four-in-hand through narrow lanes or crowded thoroughfares, nothing of guiding a horse over the hedges and through the pitfalls of a stiff bit of hunting country; his steed was the rearing, plunging, kicking log, and he rode it like a river god.

Rose O' the River, Kate Douglas Wiggin's sweet romance novella, provides a fascinating and exciting glimpse into the life of a log driving village. Logging was a huge industry on the Saco River in Maine in 1905, when Rose O' the River was written, and the men who lived in each village along the river were called upon to do their part to help the massive log floes make their way down the river. Log driving continues to be one of the world's most dangerous occupations, and one can only imagine that it would have been even more dangerous a hundred years ago, before safety regulations and technological advances came along.

Check out Claire Cole's article on river logging:

Rose O' the River by Kate Douglas Wiggin
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