Sawdust empire: the Texas lumber industry, 1830-1940
Texas A&M University Press, 1983 - Business & Economics - 228 pages
This comprehensive story of logging, lumbering, and forest conservation in Texas records the industry's history from the earliest days of the Republic, when a few isolated operations provided for local needs, through the first four decades of the twentieth century. Supplemented by over one hundred photographs, many never before published, the text re-creates Texas' heyday as one of the nation's leading timber producers. At that time, the forested area equaled the state of Indiana. In the words of one visitor, the forest was "like a vast wave that has rolled in upon a level beach ... creeping forward, thinning out, and finally disappearing, except where, along a river course, it pushes far inland."
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