By Charles Edward Russell
Through the 19th century, pine logs have been lashed jointly to shape simply floatable rafts that traveled from Minnesota and Wisconsin down the Mississippi River to construct the farms and cities of the just about treeless reduce Midwest. those large log rafts have been suggested down the river through steamboat pilots whose ability and intimate wisdom of the river's many risks have been mythical. Charles Edward Russell, a Pulitzer Prize-winning writer, chronicles the background and river lore of seventy years of lumber rafting. "Russell bargains with these a long time within which the lumber enterprise and the rafting of lumber grew and reached huge, immense proportions. yet his tale covers additionally the luxurious section of the river steamboat. Russell writes with a full of life pen, and he has made a colourful and enjoyable account." long island instances e-book assessment "Not a lifeless web page within the booklet. Russell writes frontier historical past appropriately written." long island usher in Tribune Charles Edward Russell (1860-1941) grew up at the beaches of the Mississippi River throughout the days of lumber rafting. most sensible referred to as a journalist in the course of the muckraking period for his expos?s at the pork and tobacco trusts, Russell used to be additionally a cofounder of the nationwide organization for the development of coloured humans (NAACP) in 1909. Fesler-Lampert Minnesota historical past sequence
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It is worth quoting because it shows how far civilization had gone in 1862. Even in that year Fort Des Moines must have been a place of importance for the distribution of goods to the settlers. Latshaw & Woodwell, 6 cases of hardware, 50 kegs nails, 20 boxes castings. Keys & Crawford, 30 cases dry goods, 12 cases hats, 4 hogsheads sugar. Rollins & Harmony, 4 barrels of dried fruit. W. W. Moore, 13 cases of dry goods. John McWilliams, 2 hogsheads of sugar, 6 kits of mackerel. H. M. McAllister, 12 cases of boots and shoes, 6 cases dry goods.
The advantages were apparent. No trouble, no chance of unpleasant remark, no expensive cruisers, and the land safely acquired. Captain E. E. Heerman, who became one of the noted pilots of the upper Mississippi, saw in his youth one of these well-managed performances and wrote a vivid description of it. Warren says that the scandalous proceedings of different species about the pine lands became so notorious that the public land office at Eau Claire was closed by the National Government. But he could not find that any of the thieves were prosecuted.
Indians, or signs of them, were to be seen most of the way from St. Louis to Stillwater—and beyond. Popular captains used to bring aboard the tamer sort to astonish the tourists and enable the winter fireside down East to be enlivened with the tale fantastic. Sometimes there were other diversions. In 1840 the packet Indian Queen, making a trip from St. Louis to St. Croix River points, ran out of fuel when she was above La Crosse. As there was no wood-yard handy, the captain tied to the shore and sent the passengers into the forest with axes to cut a supply.
A-Rafting on the Mississip (Fesler-Lampert Minnesota Heritage Book Series) by Charles Edward Russell