Today's weather vane is from somewhere in New Hampshire.
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This two dimensional weather vane is the silhouette of a log driver, which is clever since this bank is located near the bridge over the Saco River. Sawn logs were floated downstream from the New Hampshire mountains into Maine to sawmills. Log drivers guided the logs and prevented log jams by using pikes, peaveys (a long spike with a hook) and even dynamite. It was dangerous work. Railroads and road trucking made log driving easier in the 20th century. Log driving ended in the US in the 1970s during an era of heightened environmental awareness, but lumberjack festivals and contests keep the traditions alive.
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Conway, New Hampshire
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Heather Wilkinson Rojo, "Weathervane Wednesday ~ A Log Driver in the North Country", Nutfield Genealogy, posted March 29, 2016, ( http://nutfieldgenealogy.blogspot.com/2017/03/weathervane-wednesday-log-driver-in.html: accessed [access date]).