Keywords: River drivers
I became interested in the Kennebec River log drive when my grandfather would tell me stories. He remembers watching the logs flow down the river from his home in Fairfield, a small town along the Kennebec River.
Visitors to the Maine woods in the early twentieth century often recorded their adventures in private diaries or journals and in photographs. Their remembrances of canoeing, camping, hunting and fishing helped equate Maine with wilderness.
Princeton benefited from its location on a river -- the St. Croix -- that was useful for transportation of people and lumber and for powering mills as well as on its proximity to forests.
From there, the river drivers guided the logs to Bangor and boom operators sorted the logs. Finally, the lumberman sawed the logs into lumber for…
Steam and Boom Company, Log Driver's Shack, Hallowell, ca.1890Hubbard Free Library Raftsmen often in red shirts, stood on little platforms at either…