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."