I think Richard is referring to a manuscript I sent him a while back that was written by a man who lives in the retirement community where my wife works. He worked on the rivers floating the hewn ties from the woods to the tracks in the 30's. I have a photocopy, and it's about 75 pages.
"From the broadax to the railroad tracks" by Mark Goodman in cooperation with the Wind River Historical Center, Dubois, WY.
I have no idea how you could get a copy, but it's a fascianting read. Millions (really) of railroad ties were hand-hewn in the woods, and floated and flumed to the railroad tracks. CB.
-- Clark Bremer Minneapolis Proud Member of the TFG