Daly Bucknam, older brother of Dardanelle resort owner J.D. Bucknam, and his helpers cut close to 60 cords of wood each year with the iron horse for the kitchen range, the massive lodge fireplace and rental cabins at the Dardanelle resort.
Wood was essential for heating and cooking. Firewood for the big cast iron cook stoves had to be cut a certain length to fit into the fire chambers. Kindling was needed for starting the fire and required more detailed attention.
Heat from fireplaces was not very efficient, yet that was what was used to heat large rooms. It was a never-ending yearly chore to keep the supply of firewood flowing.
At Dardanelle, as in most of the mountains, cedar was the heating and cooking wood of choice. It was the wood available at the elevation of the resort which was 5,800 feet. Oak, the traditional firewood, grew at lower elevations.
Tragically, the historic resort burned down on Sunday, Aug. 5. J.D. Bucknam built the resort, which celebrated its grand opening on July 1, 1923.
Cate Culver, a historian, is writing a book about Sonora Pass.