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Where they lived

Where they lived

  Sifting through the photo collection we are able to identify a number of job sites. Alongside many of the construction zones are the camps. These folks were working in remote areas. Roads, electricity and water were not always handy. There are similarities in the various camps; a wooden dining hall and cook shack with tar paper siding, and white wall tents with wooden floors. It is possible they packed the components from place to place and set up similar…

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The Wreck of the Cable Railway

The Wreck of the Cable Railway

The sturdy green 1940s suitcase from the attic was full of photos. It is merely a cork bobbing on the sea of artifacts we have inherited from family and just-barely-family. We have skimmed through a lot of it in the process of stabilizing and sorting the mess. I’ve thumbed through a zillion photos of old Swedes and Norwegians, and the houses they lived in, but the train wreck was unforgettable. It has been a several-year process to look into it….

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Decoding the family photos

Decoding the family photos

I am building this site to display some of the photo collection we have inherited from my great-grandparents, Anna and Leander Chindahl. I have been scanning the old collection of images that were a record of the work and play of the Carlson, Chindahl & Co. Great grampa documented the construction of their jobs and the crews and family. The time frame seems to be from 1912 into the 30s. I am just sorting out the contents. There are jobs…

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