Skidway of more than 3,000 logs above railroad tracks, somewhere in Pennsylvania, circa 1900.
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Shown here is a "skidway" of more than 3000 logs next to railroad tracks. Men stand along the tops of the pile that stretches across the landscape.

Credit: Courtesy of the Pennsylvania State Archives

In the late 1800s geared engines built by specialized locomotive builders revolutionized the Pennsylvania timber industry by giving logging companies access to vast stands of previously inaccessible old-growth forests. After felling the trees, loggers would drag the logs to a common area to await transport to sawmills.

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