Sawdust Trails in the Truckee Basin: A History of Lumbering Operations, 1856-1936




      Sawdust Trails in the Truckee Basin: A History of Lumbering Operations, 1856-1936
In the mid nineteenth century the Comstock silver strike generated pressure for a timber harvest of historic proportions, and to meet demands for wood by Nevada miners, an army of loggers invaded the virgin forests of the nearby Truckee Basin Scores of sawmills sprang up, and soon virtually every timbered canyon in the basin reverberated with axe strokes and whining headsaws.Following the initital surge, it took three quarters of a century of continous lumbering before all but remnants of the vast Truckee forests were reduced to stumps and sawdust During that period an estimated seven billion feet of sawtimber and ten million cords of fuel wood were harvested from those timberlands Enough wood, if all had been converted to planks and slabs four inches thick, to build a boardwalk thirty feet wide around the earth That harvest of wood provided square sets to line the stopes of Nevada mines, cordwood to feed furnaces of Comstock stamp mills, sleepers to bed down hundreds of miles of Central Pacific Railroad, fuel to stoke locomotives, and building materials for many cities and farms in the treeless expanses of the West. Read Sawdust Trails in the Truckee Basin: A History of Lumbering Operations, 1856-1936 – heartforum.co.uk

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      Sawdust Trails in the Truckee Basin: A History of Lumbering Operations, 1856-1936
 By Dick Wilson IBN : 0915641046 Format : Paperback – heartforum.co.uk
  • Paperback
  • 90 pages
  • Sawdust Trails in the Truckee Basin: A History of Lumbering Operations, 1856-1936
  • Dick Wilson
  • English
  • 24 February 2017
  • 0915641046

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