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The annual drive of the Connecticut Valley Lumber Co., is now passing Turners Falls at record speed as a large number of men are at the sluice way, both night and day. The company has arranged lights and torches on the island over the sluice and the facilities are much better for handling the drive than ever before. The boatmen have been tied up here for a little over a week as the logs are running more together then ever before and it has been necessary to close the boom at the narrows several times to relieve the terrific strain on the at its present pitch it is thought that the entire drive will be past the dam during the early part of the coming week. There has been no friction between the company and the boatmen this year and the company has been very considerate in offering help to launch owners whenever needed. lower booms. If the water continues.

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There is currently no available "Beginner" label. The following is the default level label: The annual log drive needed water to float the timber and as this article notes the timber company was hoping the water would remain high. This was one of the last big log runs down the Connecticut; the steady cutting of available timber in the upper Connecticut Valley meant that by 1908 there were ever fewer logs being floated downstream. After, smaller log drives would continue, but by the late 1920s and early 1930s this practice had entirely disappeared. By then, logs were almost entirely moved by large trucks.


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

publisher   Greenfield Gazette and Courier
date   Aug 15, 1908
location   Greenfield, Massachusetts
height   3.25"
width   2.25"
process/materials   printed paper, ink
item type   Periodicals/Article
accession #   #L02.052

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

"Fewer Logs" article in Greenfield's Gazette and Courier newspaper

Log Driving on the Connecticut River

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