Chris Baldo

Donkey, Skagit B-20F Yarder, #20A186

The Skagit Steel and Iron Works of Sedro-Woolley, Washington was a leader in gasoline and diesel powered yarders and loading machines after the introduction in the 1920s of the Skagit Little Tugger.

Road Roller, Kelly Springfield Steam Roller


The Kelly Springfield is being restored!! See the project page for more information and a week-by-week overview of the work (with pictures).

Shovel, Bay City Diesel #1079

This 3/8 yard shovel was originally sold to Fritz Poertner of Treloar, Missouri on April 6, 1929. The small machine answered the demand from contractors that were installing utilities in the rapidly urbanizing American west.

Shovel, Bucyrus-Erie 22B Diesel #96300

The Bucyrus-Erie 22B shovel was one of the most popular and versatile track cranes produced by the company. The 22B came equipped with the standard dipper stick shovel, dragline, dragshovel, clamshell bucket, crane boom, or pile driver.

Road Roller, Buffalo Springfield Gas Roller

The 1920s were a period of transition for most machinery manufacturers as they began to replace steam engines with gasoline engines, especially in the lower horsepower models.

Road Roller, Buffalo Springfield Steam Roller

This seven ton steam roller was built by the Buffalo Springfield Roller Company in 1924. It was built to be coal fired with the large, flat coal "bunker" over the front roller.

Locomotive: Heisler Steam, Bluestone Mining and Smelting

Wheel Arrangement: 0-4-4-0
Trucks: 2
Weight: 47 Tons
Fuel: Oil;Diesel
Length: 35 Feet, 9 Inches
Construction Number: 1351

Locomotive: Baldwin Steam, Mason County Logging Co #7

Wheel Arrangement: 2-6-2 T
Weight: 46 Tons
Tractive Force: 17,000
Fuel: Oil;Diesel
Length: 35 Feet, 6 Inches
Construction Number: 34666

Donkey, Willamette 3-Drum Loader, #2139

This steam donkey was built by Willamette Iron and Steel Works of Portland, Oregon in 1923 as C/N 2139 for the Westside Lumber Company in Tuolumne, California.

Engine, Erie Engine Works Stationary Steam

Purchased in 1985 by Willits Redwood Conpany for future power supply in their sawmill. The engine was removed from the Pacific Paperboard mill in Longview, Washington after a fire destroyed most of the mill.

Donkey, Marschutz and Cantrell, Vertical Spool, Steam

John Dolbeer of Eureka, California changed logging forever in 1883 when he patented the first spool donkey. These simple, rugged machines were seen for decades in the woods, long after the arrival of more powerful and expensive steam yarders and skidders.

Donkey, Eureka Foundry Horizontal Spool, Steam

This horizontal or side spool donkey was built by the Eureka Foundry Company in 1906 as Construction Number 4929. The first reported use of steam for logging purposes was at Salmon Creek in Humboldt County in 1881 for Dolbeer and Carson.

Donkey, Skagit #1183 Gas "Little Tugger"

Steam donkeys were still the rage in the early 1920s when little Skagit Steel and Iron Works of Sedro-Woolley, Washington introduced a new machine to the logging world. Powered by a 20 HP Fordson tractor, the double drum winch cost $1300, about the same as the cheapest small steam donkey.

Crane, Super C Tournacrane

The genius of R.G. LeTourneau's over 200 patents elevates his status to a select list of American inventors.

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