Tie Hackers

The Tie Hackers of the Dubois area contributed to the economy of the upper Wind River Valley for about 32 years. Between 1914 and 1946 the loggers produced over 10 million hand-hewn ties. The logs floated 100 miles down the Wind River to Riverton. The flumes that they used are still visible today along with their log cabins. While the Tie Hackers were at work they had to endure cold winters in deep snow, but when work was done they came to town (Dubois) and played just as hard as they worked. The tie drives ended in 1946 and today there is the Tie Hack Memorial outside of Dubois. 'Tie Hack' is the nickname for the job of cutting railroad ties. 

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