This may be old news to some of you, but in the old days, logs were transported to the Potlatch mill in Lewiston, Idaho by water. Flumes might carry logs to the river, and then every spring there would be a big "log drive" down the Clearwater River to the mill. I had the privilige of being good friends with a man who grew up in Headquarters, Idaho (a Potlatch company town) and spent most of his life logging, including working on the log drives. I enjoyed listening to his stories. At the risk of getting in trouble for linking to someone else's pictures without permission, here's a few snapshots. As you can imagine, it was dangerous work. Log drives took place in the spring, when the river was high with snow melt. Water temperature around 37 degrees. Jams had to be cleared. Sometimes dynamite was used. Scrambling to safety as a jam breaks. A floating bunkhouse/cook shack called a wanigan followed the drive. Note the Clearwater River can be a bit rough in the spring. Many, many more logging pics at the Forest History Society website. The log drive came to an end when Dworshak Dam was built. Now logs are trucked to the mill down Highway 12. And oh, by the way, my friend who worked the log drives..... was sort of an environmentalist, critical of the forest industry for over cutting.