Construction of a memorial to the nation's pioneer lumbermen was the culmination of an idea born to the late R. G. Schreck of East Tawas in September 1926...supervisor of the Huron National Forest at that time....Schreck's conception of the idea was quite modest -- perhaps a marker or tablet. [A committee was formed.] The committee then commissioned Robert Aiken, an internationally famed American sculpter of New York, to create the memorial....About a year later, the statue was cast and in October 1931, it was placed in position. (Neil Thornton, Along the Historic Riviere auxSables.145f.)

and down the Au Sable River, searching for the finest pine forests, cutting down the trees, then floating the logs to the sawmills at the river's mouth. This park is dedicated to the men who did all of these things: the lumbermen.

The work of the lumberman was always hard and sometimes dangerous. But between 1850 and 1910, these men made Michigan the greatest lumber-producing state in the nation. The homes and factories built with their lumber helped our country grow. Even more important for us today, the scarred and treeless land that the lumbermen often lefty behind has made us realize the importance of protecting our forest when we use them.

Lumbermen were some of the most colorful and important people in our state's history. The exhibits and activities in this park tell their story."


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