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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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There is currently no available "Beginner" label. The following is the default level label: 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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See Also...

"Bad Jam of Logs" article in Greenfield's Gazette and Courier newspaper

"Log Drive Passing Turners Falls" article in Greenfield's Gazette and Courier newspaper

Log Driving on the Connecticut River

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