It is 1873, and you are the owner of Ajax Logging Company. How do you get the trees from the forest to the mill?
Logging Camp and Shanty Boys
First, you send timber cruisers to look for a new stand of pine. They discover 40 acres near the Muskegon River that contain cork pine. Your company purchases the land from the government. The next task is to establish a temporary logging camp at the site. The camp includes a bunkhouse, a stable, a blacksmith shop, and a cookhouse. The bunkhouse is home to the shanty boys who work six days a week, and they are paid about $25 a month. A shanty boy’s typical day begins before dawn. After a hearty breakfast, the men head into the forest. Using double-edged exes and crosscut saws, the shanty boys cut the biggest trees. Next, they hack off the branches and cut the trees into shorter logs.