An Influx of Yankee Dollars and Ingenuity: The Archaeological Remains of Northwest Florida’s Cypress Logging Industry
During the early 20th century, industrious woodsmen conducted extensive logging operations in Northwest Florida’s wetlands to harvest cypress. Man-made canals and timber drag lines radiating like the spokes of a wagon wheel are still visible from the air and in the swamps today. Archaeological survey conducted in and along the banks of the Escambia River reveals not only the extent of the operations, but also the submerged remains of small lumber «barges» and what are interpreted as floating bunkhouses that may have provided lodging for the lumbermen.
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An Influx of Yankee Dollars and Ingenuity: The Archaeological Remains of Northwest Florida’s Cypress Logging Industry. John Bratten, Rebecca Booker-DeMonbreun. Presented at Society for Historical Archaeology, Quebec City, Quebec, Canada. 2014 ( tDAR id: 436583)