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The way it was: Tie hack supper -- 1918
The picture is from 1918. File photo

The way it was: Tie hack supper -- 1918

Aug 11, 2014 - Staff

Fremont County's famed industry of yore, the tie drive, ran from 1916 to 1946, when 11 million railroad ties were cut in the forests above Dubois, floated down the mountain in via 20-mile wooden bolted to the sides of the cliffs in some places, staged in the Wind River at Dunoir while the snowmelt raised the water level, then steered 100 miles down the Wind River to Riverton for further cutting, pressure treating, and shipping by train.

The "tie hacks," mostly Swedish immigrants, numbered about 100, and the temporary support crews who shepherded the ties down river every summer employed dozens more for a month or two.

Feeding such a big work force took organization -- and a lot of food. In this picture along Harrison Lane near Warm Springs, the chuckwagon from the Wyoming Tie and Timber Co. delivered food that was placed in kettles for the hungry men who would arrive soon for supper. Anyone else in the area -- associated with the tie drive or not, was welcome to eat as well.

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