Oral History:

Interview#: OH021
Interviewee:John Chris (Jack) Bowden
Interviewer: Barbara Ditman
Date: 12/04/2010
Location: Crystal Terrace Rest Home
Length: 1:06:37
Subjects: Railroad Logging in Klamath County

Time Index
0:00 - 9:37 Introduction.
9:38 - 16:18 Work history with the Southern Pacific Company.
16:29 - 25:18 Work history with the Modoc Line.
21:04 - 25:18 Transition from pre-World War 1 steam technology to post-War technology; transition from rail to trucks for logging.
0:00 - 5:00 (File 2) Klamath County's exportation of lumber for crates and construction
5:01 - 6:33 Brief history of Gilchrist Timber Company.
6:34 - 11:37 The relationship between The Great Northern Railroad and Weyerhaeuser; Fraudulent attempts to acquire public timber land in Oregon; The Michigan Case in 1906.
11:38 - 13:03 The effects of railroads on Klamath Falls and Klamath County.
13:04 - 19:20 The purchasing of Native American reservation land.
19:21 - 21:35 The decline of logging and railroad towns; The decline of transportation of freight by rail.
21:37 - 23:16 The change role of passenger trains from the 1950s to present.
23:17 - 24:28 The implementation of trucks in transportation.
24:29 - 26:16 Jack, Marlene, and Scott Gavin's exploration of logging roads.
26:17 - 27:48 Jack's collection of logging charters and railroad company records.
27:49 - 38:27 Assorted stories.


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