Hudson lumbering history
The last drive of logs on the famous logging stream -- the St. Croix River --is being made. The St. Croix Timber Co. of Stillwater has a large crew of The last drive of logs on the famous logging stream -- the St. Croix River --is being made. The St. Croix Timber Co.drivers picking up the "rears" of many seasons' driving that have been hung up on account of the decay and washing out of dams. In former years, when logging was in its best, these dams were maintained and kept up for the purpose of holding a head of water and supplying it to the St. Croix as the log drivers were in need of it.
Of late years only the rainfall was depended on. These, at their best, would create a driving stage of only a few days, and large "rears" would be left along the banks and jammed on the center islands. It is 50,000,000 feet of these "rears" that the St. Croix Timber Co. is at work picking up. The rear begins at the mouth of Clam River and extends down to the Nevers dam.
The annual season cut of timber on the St. Croix for a score or more of years was from 250,000,000 to 300,000,000 feet, which floated to the Stillwater boom. There a large amount was rafted and taken by steamboats to the large sawmill towns along the Mississippi River.
The only standing timber now on the St. Croix is at the headwaters near what is known as Bear Lake, to which a logging railroad has been built to get this timber out to market.
The logging industry is a thing of the past on the St. Croix waters.
(The last sawmill in Hudson closed in 1917.)