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Logging was one of the most important industries in the Adirondacks during the mid-1800s. But, it was also rife with danger and brutal work.
This podcast describes the logger’s calendar. Each season marked the steps in the backbreaking process from harvesting trees to getting them to the lumber mills.
Hauling logs to the banking ground, where logs were stored until the spring drive (P083646)
Dynamiting a logjam, c. 1900 (P006834)
Header Image: Piling logs on a skidway, 1897 (P007236)
Read-aloud. Students can follow along while listening. Download a copy of the transcripts here.
Vocabulary. Explore new words. Students listen to high-level vocabulary in context. Have them identify the definition. Click here for the vocabulary page.
Research. Students can hone their research skills by finding pictures and descriptions of this list of logging tools. Click here for the Logging Tool Glossary. A good place to start the search is the Adirondack Experience Library Collection Database.
Simple Machines. Download our worksheet to use with students categorizing logging tools by the simple machine type. Click here for the worksheet.
Higher grade level students may want to explore some topics in more depth.