The Men Who Cut the Giant Trees in History

Before the invention of modern chainsaws and machineries, cutting or felling giant trees took a lot of brawn and hard work.

The hard working men who were involved in this old-school lumber industry were known as “Lumberjacks”.

The men who did the actual job of felling a tree with axes and saws were called “Fallers”. Once felled and delimbed, the trees were either cut into logs by “Buckers,” or hauled to a railroad or through river transportation.

This brawny culture of the Lumberjacks captured the imagination of the people during 1890s-1930s. Below are incredible collection of photos of the old-school lumberjacks.

Lumberjacks pose with a Douglas fir tree in Washington (1899)


Lumberjacks pose with a fir tree in Washington (1902)

Lumberjacks pose with a 12-foot-wide fir tree (1901)


Three lumberjacks pose by a large Douglas fir ready for felling in Oregon (1918)

A lumberjack and two women pose in front of a tree near Seattle, Washington (1905)

Loggers hold a cross-cut saw across a giant Sequoia tree’s trunk in California (1917)

Lumberjacks undercut a giant sequoia tree in California (1902)

Loggers and a 10-mule team prepare to fell a giant Sequoia tree in California (1917)

Loggers stand in the trunk of a tree they chopped down at Camp Badger in Tulare County, California. The tree was logged for the World’s Columbian Exposition in Chicago (c. 1892)

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Lumberjacks pose on the stump of a tree which was displayed at St. Louis World’s Fair (1904)

A logging crew stands among cut old growth longleaf pine in Vernon Parish, Louisiana (March 15, 1904)

Loggers walk the surface of a log jam on Minnesota’s Littlefork River seeking a tall, strong log with which to build a loading boom (April 28, 1937)

Men stand on piles of cut trees in rural New York (August 1907)

Lumberjacks float lumber down the Columbia River in Oregon (c. 1910)

Over 100 people stand with a logged giant sequoia tree in California (1917)