At a recent hearing in Boston the
Conn. Valley Lumber Co. was given permission to run their logs down the river
under the same restrictions as were imposed last year. It is understood that
the logs will begin to be sluiced at
Bellows Falls during the coming week
and a few may arrive here in about 10
days' time. None of the booms have
been placed in position here as yet but
work will probably be started along this
line early next week. It is reported
that the drive this year is the smallest
the company has brought down for many
years and that the crew is handling
the drive is correspondingly small.
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As the lumber cut from Massachusetts and the upper Connecticut Valley began to drop, the annual log run began to fall off. The decline was perceptible from its height in 1907. Floating logs downriver was inherently wasteful, with many logs lost due to being waterlogged. By the 1930s trucks moved most of Massachusetts' much reduced timber harvest and the riverman's way of life had entirely disappeared.