Sawmill: The Story of Cutting the Last Great Virgin Forest East of the Rockies

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Sawmill is a history of logging in the Arkansas and Oklahoma Ouachita Mountains from 1900 to 1950, a penetrating study of the lumber industry, and a significant view of man’s interaction with a major forest resource. It is also a social history in its account of the lumbermen’s quest for the last virgin timber and the effects of its depletion. Kenneth L. Smith interviewed more than three hundred people to develop this lively history of the cutting of virgin shortleaf pine forests. The Caddo River Lumber Company and the Arkansas mill towns of Rosboro, Glenwood, and Forester provided jobs and homes for many during the brief heyday of the big sawmills. Smith takes a close look at several important timber companies, and at the personality of T. W. Rosborough, a man who bought and sold vast tracts of land and had an almost fatherly concern for both white and black sawmill workers. The recollections included here provide insight into a population that lived through the Depression years in isolated mountain communities where cats were sometimes sold as possum meat, and where men enjoyed weekend sip and sniff” poker parties. The book is richly illustrated with photographs from the time of the mills and includes a foldout map.

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Kenneth L. Smith is the author of The Buffalo River Country and Illinois River. In 1967 he was named Arkansas Conservationist of the Year.

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A valuable historical record of an era where written history is sparse.” Choice Magazine

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