Best Load of Logs

Best Load of LogsLoading logs is one of the jobs in the woods that in years past has required a large amount of skill and physical ability. It is hard work, active work and brains are required. Logs are picked so that they will ride on the trucks safely from the landing to the mill. They are chosen so they will bring the load of logs up to the proper weight and still not exceed the legal weight limit. Not many years ago the loading crew consisted of the head loader and one or more second loaders. Logs must be picked so that they will fill the bunks of the trucks, or railroad cars, and not hang out in the highway. On many landings in this modern age of logging, logs are loaded with a shovel machine equipped with log grapples. So the skilled job of the head loader has in many cases been merged into the job requiring yet more skill and dexterity, that of the combination operator and head loader. One thing that helps make the job a bit simpler is the addition of the high stakes to the log bunks. Loading logs is an art, one of the creative arts and only a select few have the gifts to handle the job properly.

Past Winners

Kemp Logging Co 1965
Joe Zender 1966
Alpine Log 1971, 72, 78, 87
Ludtke Heavy Hauling 1973
Zee Bros. Logging 1974 & 95
Henry Zender & Sons 1975 & 79
Forest Sales Inc. 1976
Haner Log 1977
W.C. Comp 1981
Barter & Marr Logging 1982
Frank Harkness 1983
John Harkness 1984
Pederson Bros. 1985 & 86
Washington Loggers 1988
Hamilton Bros 1989
Jeff Marr 1990
Joe Zender & Sons 1991, 92, 93, 96 & 99
ALRT 1994, 97, 00, 01, 02 & 12
Engholm Log 1998
Zender Bros & Wilburn 2003
JLM Trucking & Excavating 2004
Rob Graham Trucking 2005 & 08
VanDyk & Sons 2006
Zender Bros & Wilburn 2007
Mt. View Trucking 2009
Randy Edin 2010
Ludtke Pacific Trucking 2011

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