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Sawed Wisconsin

Did Jefferson Davis, who would go on to be the president of the Confederacy during the Civil War, start the forest products industry in Wisconsin? That’s what the author of this mid-19th century article claimed. The person who followed quickly in his footsteps, James Lockwood, left a detailed memoir (that you can read online) of how he began commercial logging in Wisconsin in 1831. Read memoirs by other lumber barons, as well as see historic photos of logging camps and eyewitness accounts by lumberjacks, at the “Lumbering and Forest Products” pages of Turning Points in Wisconsin History.
:: Posted in Curiosities on May 4, 2005
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