|NO ROADS? NO PROBLEM!!
|c. 1920's. You can notice the small sling
below this box of text... looks pretty
small because it is so far away heading
back to retrieve another load,
Did you notice the hard rubber
tires on the log truck... Inflatable tires
were not yet durable enough to handle
these kinds of loads. Talk about a
butt-pounding all the way to the mill!
|early 20's pre-Front Street fire. Using a 1923 Star, the guys stripped the poor thing down to just the body and mounted it
to aKoos King Donkey and moved this Southwestern bank building 3-4 blocks with about 35 maximum horsepower. The
bank building was down on Front street and they moved it to where the Blue Heron Bistro is now Old timers will
remember this building was later used for the "Oregon Shoe Repair" in the 1950's, operated by George Strickland.
It has been rported that due to the extremely low gearing, the building inched along so slowly, that the bank stayed
open for business, with patrons simply stepping up on the makeshift 1st step which was slid along with the building.
Unfortunately, I don't know how many days the journey took. All I do know is that all that is left of the car is a pair of rusty
light buckets, the transmission, and 2 of the wooden spoked wheels used to store loo[ps of baling wire.
|Front of bank showing makeshift stairway that patrons could
use as the building inched along. Those bankers didn't miss
out on one thin dime!
|1923 Star in original form that was
"chopped to move the building
|Coos Bay Iron Works Photo Galley 3