Lumbering in Michigan

I enjoy reading about Michigan’s timber industry in the 1800 and 1900s. When I visit a place like Hartwick Pines, a preserve of virgin white pine near Grayling or the Valley of the Giants (virgin cedar trees) on South Manitou Island, I stand in awe of the massive trees and imagine what it must have been like when virgin forests covered much of the state.  Except for a few places like Hartwick Pines and South Manitou, the virgin forests are gone.  Today I came across this film from the 1950s with vintage images of lumbering in Michigan as the industry moved into the modern age.


Timber Harvest from Seeking Michigan on Vimeo.