Great Lakes Lumber on the Great Plains By John Vogel w/ dust jacket
Great Lakes Lumber on the Great Plains By John Vogel w/ dust jacket
Great Lakes Lumber on the Great Plains By John Vogel w/ dust jacket
Great Lakes Lumber on the Great Plains By John Vogel w/ dust jacket
Great Lakes Lumber on the Great Plains By John Vogel w/ dust jacket
Great Lakes Lumber on the Great Plains By John Vogel w/ dust jacket

Great Lakes Lumber on the Great Plains By John Vogel w/ dust jacket

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Great Lakes Lumber on the Great Plains By John Vogel w/ dust jacket
 
Great Lakes Lumber on the Great Plains By John Vogel
The Laird Norton Lumber Company in South Dakota
Hard cover with dust jacket  
Copyright 1992
195 pages  Indexed.
CREAT LAKES LUMBER ON THE GREAT PLAINS
"Here is a story that embraces the whole vast continent. At its center lies that nexus of cultural tradition, material opportunity, and spatial organization that is, in many ways, the story of the land itself." - from the foreword
Focusing on the Plains territory of east central South Dakota as well as the Great Lakes lumber-producing region of Wisconsin's Chippewa Valley, John Vogel carefully and thoroughly examines the pattern and process by which lumber reached South Dakota. The Great Dakota Boom of 1878 to 1887 and the Laird, Norton Lumber Company of Winona, Minnesota, provide the basis for his engrossing book.
The westward expansion of the railroad and the continuing settlement of the Great Plains in the late nineteenth century allowed the lumber companies of Minnesota and Wisconsin to send their boards and beams and fenceposts and millwork to a market characterized by great demand and small supply. Laird, Norton followed settlers across southern Dakota as they arrived on the trains. The eastern portions of Dakota were settled first, and thus the early lumberyards were found there; as settlement moved west, so did the lumberyards. Beyond its all-important function of distribution, the railroad forced Laird, Norton to alter the very structure of its operation. Experimenting with nearly complete vertical integration, the company pioneered organizational models that would serve significant purposes as frontier America - a republic of wood - solidified itself eco-nomically and culturally.
Laird, Norton and its competitors sent millions of board feet of lumber to Dakota before the boom expired in I 887.The result was the region's first built environment. By satisfying economic as well as cultural de-mands, the company had a tremendous impact on the Great Plains. Anyone searching for information on the West and the Great Plains, historical geographers with an interest in settlement and distribution patterns, South Dakota history buffs, architects, and historians of the lumber industry and of railroads will benefit from this comprehensive study.
John Vogel, currently a visiting assistant professor at Marquette University, is now working on a comparative study of the cultural landscapes of the Sioux Indians and Euro-Americans on the Great Plains.

Contents:
Foreword by Wayne Franklin, vii
Preface, xv
ONE
Great Plains Settlement and Great Lakes Lumber, 1
TWO
Settling South Dakota, 15
THREE
Chippewa Valley Lumber and the Western Market, 32
FOUR
Laird, Norton on the Dakota Prairie, 49
FIVE
Dakota Towns and Their Lumberyards, 93
SIX
The Plains Truth about the Lumber Business, 109
SEVEN
Boom, Bust, and Buildings, 134
Notes, 149
Bibliography, 183
Index, 189

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