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Washburn Logging & Lumbering

By the end of 1886 three huge mills take up the entire waterfront of the West End of Washburn. Great gaps in the forest have opened up and now a railroad is being built into the interior to facilitate the removal of forests that because of the lack of rivers could not feasibly be cut before. Within a few more years not a tree can be seen. Racing through the slashing left by loggers, huge forest fires burn what is left. Within twenty years of the city’s founding, most of the pine is gone. The mills remain running for a while, cutting Michigan and Minnesota pine that comes in great rafts of a million feet or more, but the end is in sight.

Hopefully this site will help one to understand the great logging industry that once existed in Washburn and Northern Bayfield County

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Date resource added: 22-Feb-2001
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