References and Research

I certainly did not grow up automatically knowing everything about lumber camps and lumberjacks. I knew about Paul Bunyan but that was mainly because there’s a large statue of him and Babe his blue ox just outside of the town where I grew up. (). But Paul Bunyan wasn’t much of a legend at the end of the 1800s, so I had to do research. Lots and lots of research. And I found out lumberjacks were originally called shanty boys, the crosscut had a big impact on lumbering and that alcohol was not allowed at camp nor was talking during dinner.

And I learned so much more. If you’re interested in learning more, check out these books:

Lumberjack by William S. Crowe
There’s Daylight in the Swamps by Mert Cowley
Deep Woods Frontier by Theodore J. Karamanski
Waiting for the Morning Train: An American Boyhood by Bruce Catton

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