Among the pines on a high bluff overlooking the Au Sable River, three loggers forever look ahead to the next timber harvest. Theirs is the story of Michigan’s early working class; in the late 1800s, Michigan’s vast forests supplied the lumber to build the industrializing American Midwest. The Forest Service has told the lumberman’s story on various plaques, where I learned that the logger’s job was so hazardous and physically wearing that by age 35 their days cutting timber were over. On the slopes below the statue, the forests have rejuvenated, yet sunken logs still clog the coves.
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