Historical Logging: Tree Trunks as Bridges

Back when massive trees were plentiful, folks would cut them down and use them as bridges. You could drive your car across the tree trunk no problem. You could also drive a stream train over one. Although, this would be seen as showing off.

Fortunately, tree bridges like this were often a temporary measure, as the wood was too valuable to leave under utilized in this way. For a fraction of the wood contained in that tree, you could build a real bridge. It would probably cost much less, including labour, to saw the wood and build the bridge than the value of the lumber in that tree trunk as well.