Nebraskiana: Resources and Materials on the 37th State


Date of this Version



Washington, D.C., Press of Judd & Detweiler, Inc., 1910


Public domain


Every lumber region has its lore. Thrilling tales of adventure are told in camp wherever the logger has entered the wilderness. The lumber jack is an imaginative being, and a story loses none of its interest as it is carried and repeated from one camp to another. Stories which I know to have originated on the Penobscot and the Kennebec are told, somewhat strengthened and improved, in the redwood camps of Humboldt Bay. Yarns originating among the river drivers of the Ottawa, the St. Croix, and the upper Mississippi are respun to groups of listening loggers on Vancouver Island. But every lumber district has its own peculiar tales. Some have their songs also, and nearly all have mysterious stories or vague rumors of dreadful beasts with which to regale newcomers and frighten people unfamiliar with the woods.

Much has been written concerning the lumber jack and his life; some of his songs, rough but full of the sentiment of his exciting vocation, have been commemorated, but, so far as I know, very few of the strange creatures of his imagination have ever been described by the naturalist or sketched by the artist.

The lumber regions are contracting. Stretches of forest that once seemed boundless are all but gone, and many a stream is quiet that once ran full of logs and echoed to the song of the river driver. Some say that the old type of logger himself is becoming extinct. It is my purpose in this little book to preserve at least a description and and sketch of some of the interesting animals which he has originated.

Beasts described and pictured include: Hugag, Gumberoo, Roperite, Snoligoster, Leprocaun, Funeral Mountain Terrashot, Slide-rock Bolter, Tote-road Shagamaw, Wapaloosie, Cactus Cat, Hodag, Squonk, Whirling Whimpus, Agropelter, Splinter Cat, Snow Wasset, Central American Whintosser, Billdad, Tripodero, & Hyampom Hog Bear.