The Crawford Steam Hauler, traveling on ice roads from the early 1900s to the 1930s, made trips from Cedar River as far north and west as logging camps near the Carney area. The crawler could move more than 50 sleds of logs and bark on the trip back to the mill in Cedar River. The logs were stock piled and cut during the summer months and the hemlock bark was shipped to foreign mills where it was used in the process of tanning leather. According to the "Yankee Magazine" there were no brakes on the log hauler or its train of sleds and on downgrades the steerers prayed that they would live this once more then find some other way to make a living. Sam Crawford, left in bottom photo, great grandfather of John Crawford Jr. of Stephenson, and his foreman Frank Gerue, stand near the smaller of the two steam haulers owned by the Crawford Mill. The haulers were sold for scrap in the late 1930s.
Photos courtesy of John Crawford Jr.