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Catalog Number 2006.044.0054
Object Name Print, Photographic
Description Building the Aerial Tram—Construction of the aerial tram was accomplished by manpower and horsepower. When Mrs. Walter Nickelson saw the above picture she said, "I can't see my father on that picture, but I know he was there—probably right behind that power pole. There is our old dog, Jack, who always went to work with Father." Then she produced the picture showing her father, John McDonald, and the man with the diptailed sweater, Dave McClarty, as they worked under the supervision of the old dog, Jack, at stringing cable and raising tram towers. The problem of building the aerial tram was not alone one of tower construction and cable stringing. There was that of the rough terrain to the Newton Mine and the heavy timber to the Foster Mine. A good stand of Douglas Fir was cut from the tram route which traveled directly back from Aldridge to the Foster which stood more toward Mulherin than Hoppe Creek. These poles cut were used in building the framework for the tipple at the Foster and swamp spruce was used for the towers of the aerial tram. Usually the towers were set first and then the cable strung, but on rare occasions the process was reversed.
Photographer Bill Whithorn
Title Building the Aerial Tram
Collection Whithorn Collection