While in the office yesterday, we spied an absolutely enormous pair of wheels being unloaded from a flatbed trailer. So of course, I went out to get some photos.

It turns out they belonged to a device known by a variety of names: high-wheel logging cart, high wheels, logging wheels, and more.

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the enormous pair of ten-foot-tall wheels, after they were unloaded from the trailer but before they were separated and attached to their equally enormous axles

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a close-up of one of the two wheels after the entire contraption was put together

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This logging cart was brought to the KY Horse Park by the restorers: an Amish family (and their driver) from northern Indiana. According to the sign now attached to one of the wheels, the tires, spoke rings, and boxing in the wheels are original (from Michigan’s Upper Peninsula), and the wooden parts are either ash or oak. These types of vehicles were used from the late nineteenth century through the early twentieth century for getting logs out of forested logging areas. You can read more about these vehicles, and see some fascinating old photos of them in use, here.