|Stillwater rail line trestle in Nanton Lake.|
|A separate row of pilings supported a loading car.|
On the way back to camp, Dave took us by the southwest corner of the lake. There he showed us the remains of a spur on the The Stillwater Eagle and Northern rail line that carried logs from the backcountry to the ocean from the turn of the 20th Century until 1954 when logging trucks took over. Click here to read the whole story at the Powell River Daily News site.
|Axle from rail car used to load the logging train.|
Because the lake level was so low this late in the summer, we could see where the pilings crossed the edge of the lake.
|The axle from the other side.|
Next to the pilings for the rail line, there was a second row that held a loading car that removed the cut logs from the lake and took them up to the waiting railway cars for transport.
|Collapsed beams from the loading car support structure.|
On one exposed set of pilings, an old axle was rusting away. At higher water levels, it would be visible.
|More of the support structure.|
Underwater there were lots of other logs, board, braces and equipment peaking out from under the clear surface.
|Staying underwater helps preserve the wood and metal components.|
I love finding historical evidence in the backcountry. There's so much to learn about how Powell River was founded, and how it developed over time.
If you want to learn more about Powell River, my hometown, I highly recommend following Powell River Daily News. The author, who goes by Citizen Journalist, writes several posts daily about what happens in our busy little town. -- Margy