Logging Arch, Hyster Rubber Wheeled

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Dan and Tracy Vincent of Willits recently donated a Hyster rubber tired logging arch to the Roots collection. Our first Hyster arch joins several other Pacific Car and Foundry (CARCO) arches in the collection. The arch was purchased new by Simpson Timber Company in Korbel, California as a tracked arch. At a later date it was converted to rubber tires, interestingly purchased from CARCO. The arch was purchased used by James Smith of Willits who used it logging in Mendocino County for years behind his D-8 46A. James relates that his crew hitched up to the arch in Korbel with their 1½ ton truck and towed it as far as Garberville, before the CHP finally flagged them down and read them the letter of the law about transporting arches without permits. Our thanks to Gary Ford of Willits who moved the arch to an accessible location with his Cat 955 loader and to Pete and Daniel Mihelcic for towing the arch to the Roots grounds behind their dump truck. From the Roots of Motive Power Newsletter, April 2001