The Way it Was: 1890s logging crew

Loggers employed by the C. L. Colman Lumber Co. of La Crosse pose for a photo while hauling logs during the 1890s.

Loggers employed by the C. L. Colman Lumber Co. of La Crosse pose for a photo while hauling logs during the 1890s. It was common for these men to work 12 hours a day, six days a week for an average daily wage of $1 (about $30 in today’s money).

It is thought that this winter logging operation took place in a Clark County pine forest near the Black River. The logs shown here would have been taken to the banks of the frozen Black River for storage until the spring thaw, when they were floated down the river to the Colman sawmill (which was located at the foot of Cameron Avenue) for processing into lumber, lath and shingles.

Anyone with more information about this photo or wishing to donate photos of the Coulee Region may contact the La Crosse Public Library Archives at 608-789-7136.

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