Publication Date


Advisor(s) - Committee Chair

Albert Petersen, Lynwood Montell, E.E. Hegen

Degree Program

Department of Geography and Geology

Degree Type

Master of Science


The purpose of this study is to examine the logging industry found along, the upper Cumberland River from the 1870s to the 1930s. Because the industry was very much a part of the economic lifeblood of the people of the region, the study will focus upon the loggers and raftsmen who worked with the timber. Any attempt to describe the lumber business alone would be futile due to the nature of the industry. It is impossible to separate the logging industry of the Cumberland from the general folk life of the area, because of the involvement of the people in the business. This study then is as much a description of the folk life of the Cumberland River Valley as it is a consideration of the logging industry.


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