Photos: Donkey Engine

To clear out all the excess tree stumps and debris from felled logs, the woodsmen of old Vancouver used donkey engines to drag it all to a single location, where scrap was burned in a giant pile. In The Man Game, a controversy arises over who is to blame for starting the fire that burns down the entire city in June, 1886. Here’s some pictures of donkey engines.

Donkey engine, horse, and logging crew, circa 1900?

Donkey engine, horse, and logging crew, ca. 189-?

Loggers with donkey engine and railway engine in forest, 1912?
All photos courtesty the City of Vancouver Archives.

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