This list is based on the information in Poor's Manual of the Railroads of the United States, Vol. 22 (1889). Only logging railroads with gauges equal to or greater than 7 ft. 0 in. are included in my list. Some of these were "pole railroads" using telegraph-pole sized poles as rails, while others were laid with conventional steel rails.
M. & G. W. Richardson. Owners of 3 miles of railroad. Gauge: 7 ft. 2 in. Locomotives, 1; cars 4. Location: Placer County, CA. Postal address: Truckee, CA.
Blackman Logging Railroad. Owned by Blackman Brothers. 4 miles. Gauge: 7 ft. 6 in. Locomotives, 1; cars, 4. Located in Snohomish, WA. The track seems to have consisted of steel rails laid on longitudinal poles.
Jackson Logging Railroad. Owned by C. F. Jackson. 1½ miles. Gauge: 8 ft. 4 in. Car, 1. Located in Skagit County, WA. Postal address: Mount Vernon, WA.
Millet & McKay. Owners John P. Millet and William McKay. 2 miles of railroad. Gauge: 7 ft. 0 in. Cars, 2. Located in Skagit County, WA. Postal address: Mount Vernon, WA.
Nookachamp (sic?) Railroad. Owned by Harrison Clothier and C. S. English. 1½ miles. Gauge: 8 ft. 0 in. Cars, 2. Located in Skagit County, WA. Postal address: Mount Vernon, WA.
Olympia & Mount Rainier Railroad. Owned by J. C. Ellis. 3 miles. Gauge: 8 ft. 1 in. Rail: steel, 54 lb. Cars, 4. Located in Thurston County, WA. Postal address: Olympia, WA. Subsequently converted to 4 ft. 8½ in gauge [when?] and eventually became part of the Milwaukee Road, who abandoned it in 1981. It is now operated as a Heritage Railway under the name of Mount Rainier Scenic Railway. Video footage may be seen here.
Ulner Stimson. Owner of 1½ miles of railroad. Gauge, 8 ft. Cars, 1. Located in Snohomish County, WA. Postal address: Snohomish, WA.
Washington Mill Co. Owners of 2 miles of railroad. Gauge: 9 ft. 0 in. Cars, 1. Located in Jefferson County, WA. Postal address: Seabeck, WA.
I am indebted to John Taubeneck for details of three logging locomotives built to the Blackman Patent and supplied to the Blackmans. Three locomotives were supplied as follows:
(1) Built by the North Pacific Iron Works, Seattle, WA, at a cost of $3,000, an 0-4-4 weighing 3 tons and delivered on 8/1/1881. Built for Blackman & Howard of Mukilteo, WA; sold to William Gage of Mount Vernon, WA, 12/1882 for $2,000. Gone by 1885, disposition unknown. The track gauge seems to have been 8 ft. 0 in. with 8 in. square wooden rails.
(2) Built by Washington Iron Works, Seattle, WA, an 0-4-4, weight 8 tons, with 48 in. driving wheels, shipped 8/11/1883 at a cost of $3,735. Built for Blackman & Howard of Mulkilteo, WA; to Blackman & Howard of Kamilche, WA, 4/1885; to Blackman & Howard of Port Susan, WA, 3/1886; to W. W. Howard of Port Susan, WA, 5/1888. Believed to have been here until seized in 1893 by Port Blakely Mill Co. for loan default. Disposition unknown.
(3) Built by Washington Iron Works, Seattle, WA, an 0-4-4, weight 15 tons. 7 ft. or 7 ft. 6 in. gauge, shipped 6/3/1886 at a cost of $4765.11. Had a winch mounted on the rear. Supplied to Blackman Brothers, Marysville, WA; to G. & O. Blackman of Tolt (now Carnation), WA, 2/1889; to Port Blakely Mill Co. for loan default 12/1890. Disposition unknown.
|Oxen being used to drag lumber along a log road to load onto the Olympia
& Mount Rainier Railroad|
|A timber trestle on the Blackman Bros. Logging Railroad||
|Loading logs onto a train on the Blackman Logging Railroad|
|The Blackman Brothers - Alanson A. Blackman, Elhanan Blackman and Hyrcanus Blackman - patented a geared logging locomotive in 1883, which can be seen at work on the Blackman Logging Railroad in the pictures above and to the left of this one||