Traffic Flow on the River Subdivision
John Allen developed a plethora of local traffic with just a few industries.
Add the connection to river traffic at Port and, to the east of Great Divide,
the interchange with the Southern Pacific RR, and the possibilities were
In addition to the many industries at Great Divide, Terminal, Gorre,
Daphetid and Port which produced and required goods from far away
places, several commodities produced locally required specific routing by
the Gore Peddler.
Logging, Lumber and Paper Products
The Gorre Peddler eastbound out of Gorre serviced a logging camp near
Sowbelly. As there was no sawmill on the Gorre & Daphetid in the early
1960s flatbed cars presumably transported the logs elsewhere for
processing. In the scenario presented here it is presumed that the logs were
shipped to the Port harbor for shipment up river to a sawmill. Lumber
returning to Port was delivered to lumberyards at Gorre and Great Divide.
Timber posts for shoring up mine shafts were delivered to the mines at
Gorre and Daphetid and also to the mine at Angels Camp.
Port may also have been the receiving port for paper products destined for
the Waverly Herald press and the Harbin Box Co. in Great Divide. Products
of these businesses would have wide distribution by water from Port and to
the east of great Divide.
Crude Oil and Petroleum Products
Crude oil produced at Sowbelly may have been shipped eastward to a
refinery east of Great Divide. Returning petroleum products would have
been delivered to the chemical depot at Great Divide, the oil depot at
Gorre, Clymate Chemicals at Squawbottom, and Port Plastics and the oil
depot at Port. Petroleum products may have been shipped via the Anabel
Ferry to connecting railroads and by water to other destinations. Cars
carrying crude oil and petroleum products, respectively, returned empty
because of the high cost of cleaning before carrying other cargos.
Technology and Climate Control Porducts
Technolgy Inc. and Clymate Chemicals at Squawbottom presumably
received supplies arriving at Port and from Great Divide and points east.
Likewise product were shipped to industries located in Port and Great
Divide and to points farther a field.
Livestock and Meat Products
The livestock yard at Squawbottom shipped livestock to Bulline Packers in
Port for processing, as presumably did the livestock yards at Gorre, Great
Divide and Terminal. Locating in Port gave Bulline Packers ready access to
shipping by water to distant markets and via the Gorre & Daphetid RR to
Great Divide and markets to the east.
Grain, Flour and Bakery Products
Grain presumably arrived by water and was stored temporarily in the grain
elevator at Port. From here it could be shipped to the warehouse and
gristmill at Gorre for processing into flour, the flour shipped to Superior
Bakery in Great Divide, and the bakery products shipped, in turn, east and
Sand, Gravel, Rock, Ore and Coal
The Sand, Gravel, Rock, Ore & Coal Co. was ideally located in Port for
receipt of shipment for local consumption or trans-shipment to distant
markets. In particular, it was a potential destination for ore mined at
Gorre, Daphetid and Angel’s Camp and for rock and gravel quarried at
Gorre. Alternatively these commodities could be directly offloaded to
waiting boats or barges.
It is unclear whether coal was produced locally. Because of the low cost of
shppping by water is may be that coal arrived at Port and was then trans-
shipped by rail, in partcular, to the coaling tower at Terminal and the coal
trestle at Corsa.