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Lumbering in Michigan's History

The forest was one of Michigan's first exploited crops. The impact of Michigan's lumber era, roughly from 1860 to 1910, was felt at the local, state and national levels. Forests were clearcut, fortunes were made and many colorful stories about lumber camp life were told.

Below is a selection of  books in the Library. To generate a more comprehensive list, search ANSWER, the Library of Michigan's online catalog, for the following keywords:

Log Brands
Log Transportation
Lumber Trade

The Michigan Collection [Mich] is located on the 2nd floor North in the Library of Michigan.

Anderson, Julie. I Married a Logger: Life in Michigan's Tall Timber. 1951.
Mich TS 806 .M5 A6 1988

Atwood, Lloyd M. Cheboygan as a Nineteenth Century Lumber Area. 1947.
Mich HD 9757 .M5 A8 1947a

Bacig, Tom and Fred Thompson. Tall Timber: A Pictorial History of Logging in the Upper Midwest. 1982.
Mich SD 538.2 .M55 B32z

Beck, Earl Clifton. Lore of the Lumber Camps. Songs of the Michigan Lumberjacks. 1948.
Mich M 1977.L8 B4 1948

Benson, Barbara E. Logs and Lumber: The Development of the Lumber Industry in Michigan's Lower Peninsula, 1837-1870. 1989.
Mich HD 9757 .M5 B36 1989

Connor, Mary Roddis. A Century with Connor Timber: Connor Forest Industries, 1872-1972. 1972.
Mich HD 9759 .C6 C65

Corrigan, George A. Calked Boots and Cant Hooks. 1986.
Mich SD 538 .C67z 1986

Crowe, William S. Lumberjack: Inside an Era in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. 2002.
Mich SD 538.2 .M5 C73 2002

Dye, Jacob and Rex Dye. Lumber Camp Life in Michigan: An Autobiographical Account. 1975.
Mich SD 538.2 .M5 D9

Ederer, Roselynn.  Saginaw adventures with George, 1850s to 1870s: An immigrant family grwos up in early East Saginaw [2015].
Mich - F 572.S17 E372 2015

Holmes, Christian. Company towns of Michigan's Upper Peninsula. 2015.
Mich - F 572.N8 H65 2015

Hulbert, William Davenport. White Pine Days on the Taquamenon. 1949.
Mich F 572 .N8 H85 1949

Karamanski, Theodore J. Deep Woods Frontier: A History of Logging in Northern Michigan. 1989.
Mich SD 538.2 .M5 K37 1989

Kilar, Jeremy W. Michigan's Lumbertowns: Lumbermen and Laborers in Saginaw, Bay City and Muskegon, 1870-1905. 1990.
Mich HD 9757 .M5 K54 1990

Kuiper, Ronald E. Crisis on the Grand: The Log Jam of 1883. 1983.
Mich F 566 .K8z

Martinson, Martin H. Hendrik's Diary. 1969.
Mich CT 275 .M4596 A3 1969

Maybee, Rolland Harper. Michigan's White Pine Era, 1840-1900. 2nd ed. 1988.
Mich F 561 .J65 M3 1988
Mich Docs TS 806 .M5 M3 1960

Nagle, Michael W. Justus S. Stearns: Michigan pine king and Kentucky coal baron. 2015
Mich HD 9550.S74 N34 2015

Nelligan, John Emmett. A White Pine Empire: The Life of a Lumberman. 2nd ed. 1969.
Mich SD 129 .N45 A3 1969

Newton, Stan. Paul Bunyan of the Great Lakes. 1985.
Mich PS 461 .B8 N4 1985

Reimann, Lewis Charles. When Pine Was King. 1952.
Mich F 572 .N8 R53 1981

Saint Mary's Falls Ship Canal Company. Catalogue of 525,000 acres of pine timber lands belonging to the Saint Mary's Falls Ship Canal Company, arranged in groups, as they will be offered at a public sale to be held in the city of Detroit, on the 2nd day of September, A.D. 1863. [2015?]
Mich - HD 9769.P53 S25 2015

Sorden, L.G. Lumberjack Lingo. 1969.
Mich PE 3727 .L8 S67

Stone, Nancy. The Wooden River. 1973.
Mich PS 3569 .T642 W6 1973

Thompson, Robert I. Newaygo White Pine Heritage: A Pictorial History of the Lumbering Era along the Muskegon River in Newaygo County, 1837-1899. 1976.
Mich F 572 .N5 T56z

Torrent, Lewis. Muskegon County Log Marks. 1956.
Mich SD 538 .T6

Wells, Robert W. Daylight in the Swamp. 1978.
Mich HD 9757 .A14 W44

Writer's Program (Mich.). Michigan Log Marks: Their Function and Use during the Great Michigan Pine Harvest. 1941.
Mich SD 538.83 .U6 M54 1971

Yakes, Daniel J. Logging the White:  the history of logging and lumbering on White River and White Lake, 1837-1900. 2010
Mich - HD 9758.W485