Logging – early roots

Maine, known fondly as “The Pine Tree State” has a long, rich history of logging. Before gaining its statehood in 1820, Maine was part of the Massachusetts territory and was involved in the lumber trade with England. In the early days, beautiful pines were harvested from Maine’s forests to supply masts for England’s navy. Logging occurred on the Penobscot River from the 1800s to the 1970’s

By 1830, Bangor, Maine, was the world’s largest lumber shipping port. Between 1830 and 1890, 9.7 trillion board feet of timber was moved through Bangor.

West Branch Logging

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