1989.69.16 | Log Hauler Road
Log Hauler Road
1911, 20th century
15.1 x 9.6 cm
Gift of Sylvia Yeoman
This artefact belongs to: © New Brunswick Museum
Keys to History
The teamsters' job was to load the logs onto horse-drawn bobsleds and drive them down the often perilous paths to the riverbank or lakeshore, where the timber was stacked in piles to await the spring thaw. On level stretches of the road, a water tank sled would ice the surface. Two deep ruts were then cut into the surface so that the bobsled runners would not slide from side to side. Then along came the heavily laden bobsleds like horse-drawn streetcars on a track.
Source : All in a Day's Work: Lumbering in New Brunswick [Web tour], by New Brunswick Museum (see Links)
A "crazy wheel" was a device used by teamsters to brake on a steep hill.
The log pile would be placed as close to the waterway as possible so that it could easily be thrown into the water in the spring.
The teamsters' season lasted from January until March. Sometimes by late March teamsters were moving logs from stump to river in order to meet quotas.
Old teamsters swore that it was a disgrace to leap from a runaway sled.