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The Steam Donkey in Martin Graingers Woodsmen of the West In the beginning of the 20th century the logging industry in BC and around the world saw a dramatic change in the way logs were being logged Techniques came and went although some stayed longer than other New technologies played a very important role in this change none more than the invention of the steam donkey In Martin Graingers Woodsmen of the West Carters acquisition of a steam donkey allowed his men to be more effective and efficient while logging in the wilderness In the early 1900s British Columbia barely 30 years old was seeing an increase in the demand for lumber due to the rapid increase of population around the Lower Mainland and Vancouver Island regions In 1901 these two regions accounted for 585 of British Columbias total population The majority of the new population were immigrants Most of these immigrants were Chinese Japanese and other Canadians coming to BC from the rest of Canada One of the main factors attracting immigrants to BC was the opening of the CPR It opened up new trade routes previously unknown to the isolated British Columbians This increase in demand for lumber forced logging camps to look for new methods to log as much forest in the quickest amount of time possible Carter the boss-logger money hungry man that he was got his loggers only to fell trees that were close to shore As Grainger explains In those days good timber was plentiful- good timber on sea-coast slopes that could be felled and shot right down to water- hand-loggers timber Most boss-loggers of the early 1900s were looking to make cash and make it fast A typical logging camp at the turn of the century consisted of approximately a dozen men The tools used by these loggers were not particularly developed as would have been preferred In fact they were quite heavy and beastly If one was
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