A log that's been floating in a lake, upright, for at least 116 years
Posted by David Brooks | Friday, November 2, 2012
This has no local connection, but it's wicked cool: A log in Oregon's Crater Lake has been floating, upright, for at least 116 years. Amazing.
The closest thing I can think of hereabouts are the trees sunk in ponds after the hurricane of 1938, to preserve them until they could be milled. Here's an item by Telegraph staffer Jessie Salisbury that ran in the Telegraph in 2005:
LYNDEBOROUGH - Forget about mining Badger Pond for exotic hardwood logs felled in the hurricane of 1938 and then stored in the pond. "It didn't happen," County Forester John Nute said when asked about the possibility.
Ponds were used in an effort to save the thousands of board feet of pine and hemlock blown down by the hurricane, wood that would spoil quickly. "Very little hardwood was put in ponds."
The question came up at a recent selectmen's meeting when Conservation Commission Chairman Andy Roeper reported progress on building a canoe launch at the pond. "What about the walnut logs in the pond?" someone asked. "The only native walnut is the butternut," Nute said. "They didn't start importing walnuts until after World War II. There wouldn't be any in the pond."
A quick look in the town history of 1950 produced a description of the pond being used to store the logs, part of a federal salvage program. The older town history, that of 1905, notes that the pond is shallow but "no one has ever been able to find a hard bottom." Any logs left would have settled goodness-knows how deep.
Several town residents questioned the theory as well, noting the lack of walnut groves.
Log historians on the east side of the Merrimack River should note that logs of some sort from the 1938 hurricane were allegedly also placed in Robinson Pond in Hudson.