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A sawmill with log flume, Cascade Mountains, USA.
A log flume is a flume specifically constructed to transport lumber and log down mountainous terrain to a sawmill by using flowing water. These watertight trough-like channels could be built to span a long distance across chasms and down steep mountain slopes. The use of log flumes facilitated the quick and cheap transportation of logs and thereby eliminated the need for dangerous mountain trails.

"V" shaped log flumes were in common use in the western United States during the late 19th century. These efficient flumes consisted of 2 boards, 2 feet (60 cm) wide, and joined perpendicularly. The longest log flume is the Kings River Flume in Sanger, Californiamarker.

See also

  • Timber slide - similar to log flumes but used on rivers to bypass rapids and falls
  • Log flume (log ride)

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