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Useful sources for additional 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.

Click here for a terrific article from the Detroit News that does a nice job of summarizing the history of Michigan lumbering.

Great places to visit (either in person or online) Hartwick Pines State Park is the largest state park in Michigan’s lower peninsula. Even if you don’t care a whit about pine trees or lumber camps or lumberjacks or the outdoors in general, it’s a well-maintained, interesting way to learn about Michigan’s past. Grand Marais (Michigan) Historical Society has great historical pictures. As does the Schoolcraft County Historical Society. Especially on their Facebook page.


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