Northren Ontario Logging Memorial

 

The city of Blind River, Ontario, is located on the North Channel of Lake Huron. Originally part of the French fur traders’ voyageur route in the nineteenth and early twentieth century, the accessibility of timber along the Blind River and nearby Mississagi River gave birth to a thriving logging industry.

Blind River commissioned a monument to capture the spirit of a bygone era and tell the story of logging on the banks of the rivers of Northern Ontario.

The monument consists of two seven-foot bronze River Drivers who are working to free a  log jam. The monument set around running water representing the local river experience working River Drivers, who called themselves River Hogs. Towering above the men are three twenty five foot copper clad trees to remind us of the natural resource that provided employment for many local residents.