Pictures of the cutover lands in northern Wisconsin

Photographs of "cutover" lands

Wisconsin's earliest logging operations had selected only the most suitable and profitable timber, mostly soft pine species. But by the late 19th century demands from the state's furniture, paper, and tanning industries led to an increase in the harvesting of hardwoods, which had been spared when the industry had focused on pine reserves. Lumberjacks swept across the central and northern portions of our state, employing new methods of harvesting which completely cleared forests of almost all useable trees. The result was the wasteland of stumps and brush depicted in these photographs from our online collection, Wisconsin Historical Images.

Related Topics: Mining, Logging, and Agriculture
The Progressive Era
Logging and Forest Products
The Conservation Movement
Creator: Varies
Pub Data: Unpublished photographs in the Visual Materials Collection of the Wisconsin Historical Society.
Citation: Use the bibliographic data provided with each individual image, followed by the phrase " Online facsimile at:; Visited on: 4/12/2024