These 13 Rare Photos Show Mississippi’s Lumber History Like Never Before

To early settlers looking to build, the millions of acres of forests that filled Mississippi were considered nothing more than a nuisance. However, by the 1840s, that way of thinking was on its way out, as saw mills began popping up in the state’s coastal region. Before long, Mississippi had a flourishing lumber industry, and although the boom didn’t last long, it forever changed the state. Take a look at these photos for a rare glimpse at what life was like during this defining period in Mississippi’s history.

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Learn more about one of the state’s original lumber communities in “Take A Closer Look At The Lost City Of Logtown, Mississippi.