Learn About Logging History at Hartwick Pines State Park

Hartwick Pines State Park, Grayling, Michigan (Photo Credit: Wikipedia - Notorious4life)
Hartwick Pines State Park, Grayling, Michigan | Photo Credit: Wikipedia - Notorious4life

Sprawling nearly 10,000 acres lies Hartwick Pines State Park. This park is dedicated to preserving logging history as well as showcasing the remaining old growth forest that still stands today. On site are campgrounds, hiking trails and even a museum dedicated to early logging history.

For an approximately 20 year span in the 1880s to early 1900s, Salling Hansen Lumber Company timbered hundreds of acres to supply the demand of timber in the Great Lakes region. By 1927, less than 100 acres of natural old-growth forest remained. Upon realization that this old forest needed to be saved from the possible destruction of logging efforts, lumberman widow Karen Hartwick donated the old growth forest and nearly 8,000 surrounding acres to the state. It was her dream to see the forest protected and lumbering efforts remembered in the years to come.

Bright Lake, Hartwick Pines State Park, Grayling, Michigan (Photo Credit: Wikipedia - dailyinvention)
Bright Lake, Hartwick Pines State Park, Grayling, Michigan | Photo Credit: Wikipedia – dailyinvention

In the 1930s, the Civilian Conservation Corps came to the land and planted thousands of trees in hopes to replant the once bountiful forest.

Today, the logging museum shows off a variety of historic lumbering artifacts including equipment, tools and photos.

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