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Logging Railroads of the Adirondacks
By Bill Gove

The era of steam power initiated the most intense timber harvesting ever seen in the Adirondack forest. Although the harvesting of timber accessible for river drives had been well established for decades, by the mid-nineteenth century the seemingly endless supply of trees close enough to move by water had become larely thinned out. Vast areas remained, but they were out of reach of the technology of the time; mechanization had yet to come to the woods.

Then came the railroads. This hardcover book will interest anyone who is interested the the Adirondack Park. The photographs are superb. It's a collector's treasure of history. The hardcover book is in limited supply.

Product Details
Hardcover: 280 pages
Publisher: Syracuse University Press
ISBN-13: 978-0815607946
Product Dimensions: 11.2 x 8.8 inches
Shipping Weight: 2 pounds
Price: $49.90

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    The period 1890-1950 marked the romantic era of steam power and brought with it aremarkable period of timber harvest. As the rails reached deep into the old growth of the Adirondack woods, the region experienced the most intense logging in its history. In this highly readable volume, Bill Gove offers an in-depth history of railroad activity in the Adirondacks. Extremely research and lavishly illustrated, it details logging methods, the role of railroads in the logging industry, and the influence of the railroads on the condition of the Adirondack forest today. The book also addresses the political and economic forces determining the location and viability of logging railroads, villages, and the forest industry. A welcome contribution to the array of Adirondack literature, it is essential reading for rail fans, foresters, and history buffs.

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