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Loggin Barge on Black River
Randolph County, Arkansas
George Lemmons took this picture of a barge load of logs in the long ago on Black River in Pocahontas. As two bridges can be seen in the background (obviously the Frisco Railroad Bridge and the highway bridge) the barge must have been tied up just below Sallee's Mill. Among those standing by the logs on the boat are Oscar Wood, Alvin Skimahorn, Clarence Gaddy, Henry Radcliff and "Heiney" Barre. Mr. Wood, who will be remembered as a longtime employee of the Sallee Mill, was captain of the boat.
Mrs. Rosa Skimahorn of Pocahontas, owner of the (original) photo, said the photo was made about 1920.
At right of the barge can be seen loose, floating logs which have run aground, and one group of the logs has been nailed together with a board to keep them from going astray as they were floated down from above on the river. Many loggers in those days floated their logs down instead of shipping them by boat, and by nailing the logs together, the logger kept track of his property.
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