Robert E. Swanson collection
        Robert E. Swanson collection [graphic material, cartographic material]. -- 1882-1954, intermittent.
3 maps : originals and photocopies
1 photograph : b&w
        Robert Eugene Swanson was born in 1905. He worked as a forestry safety inspector for the British Columbia Department of Railways. In the 1930s, he started writing down the ballads and stories of loggers and mill workers. These were subsequently published as books and include: Rhymes of a Western Logger: A Book of Verse Concerning the Trials and Tribulations, Lives and Ways of the Loggers Living and Working in the Great Northwest of America (pub. 1942), Rhymes of a Lumberjack: A Second Book of Verse Concerning the Trials and Tribulations, Lives and Ways of the Loggers Living and Working in the Great Northwest of America (pub. 1943), Bunkhouse Ballads: A Third Book of Verse Concerning the Trials and Tribulations, Lives and Ways of that Red-Blooded, Outdoor Breed of Men who have built the Great Northwest of America (pub. 1945) and Whistle Punks and Widow Makers: Tales of the B.C. Woods. In 1992, a new edition of his collected bunkhouse ballads was published by Harbour Publishing. In addition, Swanson also invented the fail-safe air brake and developed the highway runaway lane that is located at the bottom of steep grades. The owner and operator of Airchime Manufacturing, Swanson invented a special horn for trains that was adapted for use all over the world.
        Materials were donated to the B.C. Forestry Museum in Duncan by Swanson's widow at an unknown date.
        Collection consists of maps and photographs that reflect Swanson's interest in railways. Includes a map of the Wellington and South Wellington railroads (1882), a plan of the Wellington Estate (1883), and a map of land holdings in Wellington, Mountain and Nanaimo Districts.
        Title based on name of the collector.
        Item level descriptions available.
1883 Wellington map Swanson

IMAGE: Map of the land holdings of the Wellington Estate (Dunsmuir Holdings at Divers Lake area, extending to Departure Bay).