Antique River Logs® W.R. Case® Railroad Cross Tie SerieS

While searching for lost logs, hand-hewn railroad cross ties are occasionally found on the riverbed. They were transported by the river in a fashion similar to that of log rafts. These cross ties are usually oak and feature extra dark coloring from being exposed (on at least three sides) to sediments, minerals, and coal. It is this unique environment that infuses and enhances the oak grains with rich ebony tones. Each set of knife handles is slowly and deliberately cut and book matched by Antique River Logs® in this Cross Tie Series.

Antique River Logs® Green River CollectioN

ANTIQUE RIVER LOGS® GREEN RIVER COLLECTION will evolve around stories of people and places along this 348 mile-long tributary of the Ohio River which,  rises in Lincoln County in South-Central Kentucky.  In the 1850’s the Wine Industry in Europe boomed as a result of the abundance of white oak, harvested from this region which was shipped overseas to be used for its wine barrels. The many small rivers of the Appalachia Forest emptied  out into the Ohio River at Evansville Indiana. This gave  the region a great logistical advantage and made Evansville the largest hardwood center in America. Logs cut in July on the Green River dried until winter, were then pinned together with raft pins and floated down to Evansville.

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Railroad Tie Rafts

Rafts of hand-hewn railroad ties on the Middle Fork at Buckhorn, Perry County. (Kentucky Historical Society)


Loose Railroad ties

Loose railroad ties are seen here floating high in the water, clearing the shallow riffles. (Springfield Greene County Library)


Railroad Tie Hacking

They were hand-hewn with a broadax, and either free-floated or rafted like logs.