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Canada's History - - CONTENTS - Sub­mit­ted by Ge­orge Robin­son of Castle­gar, Bri­tish Columbia, son of Jim Robin­son.

Work­ers cut track ties at a Cana­dian Pa­cific Rail­way por­ta­ble sawmill in Bri­tish Columbia.

This pho­to­graph was taken in 1936 at Camp 14, a por­ta­ble sawmill op­er­at­ing on the east side of the Koote­nay River, more than twenty kilo­me­tres from Canal Flats, Bri­tish Columbia. The camp was op­er­ated by the Cana­dian Pa­cific Rail­way, and the work­ers were cut­ting rail­way ties from larch logs.

The mills op­er­ated in all sea­sons and were well-suited to Bri­tish Columbia’s dry in­te­rior forests. The CPR had ex­ten­sive tie re­serves in the Koote­nay River Val­ley, and the por­ta­ble mill was moved around the cut block as needed.

In the mid­dle of the photo is Gor­don Kennedy, hold­ing a dog named Pug. On the right is Jim Robin­son, who was born in Leth­bridge in May 1905, just a few months be­fore Al­berta be­came a prov­ince. Robin­son had a long ca­reer in the Bri­tish Columbia For­est Ser­vice, end­ing as a scal­ing in­spec­tor in the Kam­loops For­est District.

As can be seen in the photo, hard hats were not re­quired in 1936! Frozen logs were among the haz­ards for work­ers, and Robin­son had his front teeth knocked out shortly af­ter this photo was taken.

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