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The rivermen are making strong efforts this year to keep the river at Turners Falls free from logs. There is about
45,000,000 ft. in the drive this year, which
is much smaller than the previous years.
There is a good flow of water, at present
there is about 15 inches of water on the
dam. Last Saturday there was a little
trouble, the logs getting in about the
boats so they could not get out for some
time. They are now going to stretch a
double boom from the dam to a point
called "Red Rock," which is above the
boat landing. This is expected to take
care of the bunching of logs near the
boats and will give the boatmen an opportunity to get out and up the river at
any time. The company is certainly
making every effort possible to keep the
river open and push the logs through
this year. The report is, the company
has had some trouble in keeping their
men this year. Most of the drive are
young men and do not care to follow the
life of the rivermen, which every one
knows is a hard and dangerous business.
The timber is growing smaller each
year and is getting scarce at the head
waters of the Connecticut. This year
some of the logs are quite small and not
the size of previous years.
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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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"Fewer Logs" article in Greenfield's Gazette and Courier newspaper
| publisher Greenfield Gazette and Courier
| date Jul 27, 1907
| location Greenfield, Massachusetts
| width 2.25"
| height 3.75"
| process/materials printed paper, ink
| item type Periodicals/Article
| accession # #L02.047
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