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Old saw blade and logging wheels, Tahquamenon Logging Museum, Newberry, Michigan.

Between 1869 and 1900 Michigan was the leading lumber producer in the whole of the United States. Michigan's rough, wet forest terrain made logging a winter industry in its early years. Loggers used frozen ground and ice roads to skid the huge logs from the forests to river banks. In spring they slid the logs from those banking grounds into the rivers for the log drive to the sawmills. These big wheels could haul logs without the need for icy ground and basically revolutionized the logging industry. Many of these wheels are 10 feet high.

The Tahquamenon Logging Museum and Nature Study features artifacts from Michigan's early days of lumbering. Artifacts include original buildings, old pictures of early settlers who timbered Michigan's land, logging equipment, a country and western music pavillion, an old school house, an authentic cookshack featuring lumber camp meals etc. Fascinating pieces of Americana, these.

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