Since most of the US population resided on the East Coast during colonization, it’s not a total surprise that Bangor, ME was a major player in the early days of logging and timber industry. In the 1830s, this small Maine city produced 8.7 trillion board feet of lumber. Click HERE for more details. As Manifest Destiny took a greater hold of Americans, woodlands in the Midwest were quickly logged, and pioneers moved farther and farther out into the Western forests.
The passage of the Homestead Act of 1862 tempted settlers to move farther West than ever imagined. Click HERE for details. These hearty folks purchased hundreds of acres of land for dirt cheap from the government. The catch was that most of these lands were covered with thick forests. By the 20th century, the Pacific Northwest was a powerhouse in the logging and lumber trade. Unfortunately, with recent shifts in the global economy, even hotbeds of logging such as Longview, WA, have begun to slow their production. This panoramic image stitch was taken of the Columbia River, and the massive boats that still move timber from West to East, and to all points in between.Check back later this week for more details and images from © Rodeonexis Photography…brought to you by Jeremy Weir