Lumber mill with log pond in Norwich, McKean County, PA, circa 1890.
flipFlip to Skidway of more than 3,000 logs above railroad tracks, somewhere in Pennsylvania, circa 1900.
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Distant view of the lumbering buidlings and logs in the water of the town. In the center of the photograph one can see the factory with billowing smoke rising in to the air and along the outskirts sit the houses.

Credit: Courtesy of the Pennsylvania State Archives

In the late 1800s, Pennsylvania timber companies axed and sawed their way across the state, cutting down great swaths of centuries-old trees. The timber boom gave rise to hundreds of small settlements in north and central Pennsylvania, many of which disappeared soon after the timber was gone.

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