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02/08/2017

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Bill Kombol

With all due courtesy to Ted Curphey, I'm finding some of these alleged rail lines to be suspect. First, the timber rail line that followed contours south of the Morgan Creek development and along the south shore of Ginder Lake are not shown. Second, the timber rail line that shows ending just west of Lake 12, I've never seen any evidence of. Third, a rail line over the hill to Lake 12 from Ravensdale doesn't make any sense as far as grades, though I'm not familiar enough with the area between to know whether it existed or not. But, I've never seen any on the ground evidence at least in that area just north of Lake 12. Is there a source map from which these red rail lines were derived? Could you share the source map? Or is this an interpretive map from historic aerial photos by which rail lines were inferred? In any case, thanks for highlighting the existence of these timber railroads which were the lifeblood of the Lake Sawyer Mill.

Craig Goodwin

Thanks Bill for your insights. My understanding is that these are interpretive based on the 1936 aerial photos and a good number do follow what we see on the ground. For me, the map provides a good base for discussion.

Dan K

Could then Lake 12 rail line have been older? Perhaps late 19th century?

Craig Goodwin

Thanks Dan for your comments. As Bill Kombol pointed out, there is nothing in the mining history of Ravensdale that would explain such rail route. Perhaps a logging road of some sort.

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