Nov 092011

The Winslow Historical Society will present Logs to Lumber from 2 to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 12, at the Winslow Visitors Center in the former Hubbell Trading Post, 523 W. Second St.

Former Ramsey Logging Company employees Jim and Marilee Ervien, Nick Paul and John Smith will explore the histories of local lumber companies, as well as the evolution of the lumber industry. The Ramsey Company was contracted to supply timber to the Duke City Lumber Company, which closed in the 1990s. Its remnants can still be seen on State Route 87 just south of Winslow. The Nagel Lumber and Timber Company, which Mabel Nagel sold in 1965, was located just off SR 87 on Clear Creek Road.

The logging industry was established in Winslow for two reasons: the availability of virgin Ponderosa Pine forests south of town, and the cost-effective shipping of finished lumber on Interstate 40 and the Santa Fe Railroad. The local companies originally used horses to get the logs to mill in the 1940s and ‘50s, which evolved to using trucks and “skidders” in the 1960s through when the companies closed.

The presentation is part of Second Saturdays in Winslow, the Winslow Historical Society/Old Trails Museum’s year-long series of programs that explore Winslow’s diverse history, in celebration of the Arizona State Centennial on Feb. 14, 2012. Go online to for the latest exhibit and program information.

Photo courtesy of the Old Trails Museum

Louis Spears drives a truck and Leo Salazar operates a loader for the Ramsay Logging Company, circa 1970s.