East Branch & Lincoln, Corduroyed Roads

Pemigewasset Wilderness - Remnants of a sled road off of the old East Branch & Lincoln Railroad in the Shoal Pond Valley of Lincoln, New Hampshire. Swamp areas along sled roads were corduroyed with small trees laid crossways. The East Branch & Lincoln was a logging railroad, which operated from 1893-1948.
Shoal Pond Valley of the Pemi Wilderness – Corduroyed Section
 

East Branch & Lincoln Railroad, Corduroyed Roads – Have you ever come across something in the forest you know was man made, but have no idea what it is? Here is something for you to look for the next time you are exploring one of the abandoned logging railroads in New England.

Along an abandoned sled road deep in the Shoal Pond valley of New Hampshire's Pemigewasset Wilderness remains an interesting artifact (above) from the East Branch & Lincoln Railroad era. Though very rotten and almost unrecognizable, it is a unique look at how 20th-century logging railroads dealt with building sled roads.

Pemigewasset Wilderness -  Wetlands area along an old sled road off the old East Branch & Lincoln Logging Railroad in the Shoal Pond Valley of Lincoln, New Hampshire USA. The East Branch & Lincoln Railroad was a logging railroad that operated from 1893-1948.
Location of Corduroyed Section – Shoal Pond Valley, Pemi Wilderness
 

During the 20th-century logging era, woodsmen built sled roads off the railroad right-of-way to access remote regions of the White Mountains. The men responsible for cutting these roads were referred to as “swampers”.

Pemigewasset Wilderness - Remnants of a sled road off of the old East Branch & Lincoln Railroad in the Shoal Pond Valley of Lincoln, New Hampshire USA. Swamp areas along sled roads were corduroyed with small trees laid crossways. The East Branch & Lincoln was a logging railroad, which operated from 1893-1948.
Shoal Pond Valley of the Pemi Wilderness – Corduroyed Section
 

Horse teams would use these sled roads mostly during the winter months to drag logs from the remote areas to landings along the railroad. Landings were areas along the railroad were the logs were loaded onto log cars. Once on the log cars, they were transported to the mill in Lincoln village.

Pemigewasset Wilderness - Remnants of a sled road off of the old East Branch & Lincoln Railroad in the Shoal Pond Valley of Lincoln, New Hampshire USA. Swamp areas along sled roads were corduroyed with small trees laid crossways. The East Branch & Lincoln was a logging railroad, which operated from 1893-1948.
Shoal Pond Valley of the Pemi Wilderness – Corduroyed Section
 

Swampy areas along the sled roads were corduroyed with small logs laid crossways. The corduroyed sections acted like a bridge and made it possible for horse teams to cross the wet areas. The above images show the best preserved corduroyed section I have found along the East Branch & Lincoln Railroad.

If you are interested in any of the above images for publications, click on the image you are interested in and then follow the steps to license it. And you can view more corduroyed images here.

Happy image making..


 

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Erin Paul is a professional photographer who specializes in environmental conservation and historic preservation photography in the New Hampshire White Mountains. His work is published worldwide, and credits include; Backpacker Magazine, Appalachian Trail Conservancy, the Appalachian Mountain Club, and The Wilderness Society.

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