Sawmill: The Story of Cutting the Last Great Virgin Forest East of the Rockies
|Rating||:||4.37 (679 Votes)|
|Number of Pages||:||260 Pages|
"Sawmills!" according to Debra Morse. Read this at a library and was determined to have a personal copy for myself. The small town I live and work in started life as a lumber mill town and the mill is actually mentioned in this book. Great book for anyone interested in sawmills and how they worked in Arkansas would love this book.. and like many people who wish they could sit down and Vanessa E. Hall My family roots are in the Ouachita Mountains of southwestern Arkansas, and like many people who wish they could sit down and talk to beloved relatives who have moved on to the Great Beyond, I would have myriad questions to ask of them. This book went a long way in answering some of those questions. Even the footnotes are fascinating. Thank you Kenneth L. Smith, for giving us their stories.. This book is about my town and family. Kenneth A. Maxey It features timber harvesting and all aspects of life in the trade around the Ouachita Mountain region of western Arkansas.
A valuable historical record of an era where written history is sparse.” Choice Magazine
It is also a social history in its account of the lumbermen’s quest for the last virgin timber and the effects of its depletion. Rosborough, a man who bought and sold vast tracts of land and had an almost fatherly concern for both white and black sawmill workers. The book is richly illustrated with photographs from the time of the mills and includes a foldout map.. Kenneth L. Smith interviewed more than three hundred people to develop this lively history of the cutting of virgin shortleaf pine forests. The Caddo River Lumber Company and the Arkansas mill towns of Rosboro, Glenwood, and Forester provided jobs and homes for many during the brief heyday of the big sawmills. The recollections included here provide insight into a population that lived through the Depression years in isolated mountain communities where cats were sometimes sold as possum meat, and where men enjoyed weekend sip and sniff” poker parties. Smith takes a close look at several important timber companies, and at the personality of T. W. Sawmill is a history of logging in the Arkansas and Oklahoma Ouachita Mountains from 1900 to 1950, a penetrating study of the lumber industry, and a significant view of man’s interaction with a major forest resource