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"Fewer Logs" article in Greenfield's Gazette and Courier newspaper
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The height of the Massachusetts tree harvest was 1907, but by then the easiest logged areas had already been cut. The Connecticut River, with its broad access into the interior, was one of the first areas to be cut. Logs cut far to the north were floated downriver, taking as long as a year or even two to make it to the paper mills at Holyoke. By 1907, the number of rivermen moving the logs had dropped as the industry began a long decline. Many moved on to other logging operations in the south or west.
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