Monday, April 21, 2014

Marston Welcome Center Offers Compelling Look into Lumber History, 2014

Blogger's Note:  Along historic I-55, there is a welcome center, that bears tribute to the impact of the southern lumber industry.
 

Above: The Marston Welcome Center, near Marston, Missouri.

Just west of the Mississippi River, and just north of the point where the corners of  Tennessee, Kentucky and Missouri meet.  Near Marston, MO sits a testament to the extent of the southern lumber industry up and down the Mississippi. 


Above: Caption reads: "Steamboat Natchez on the Mississippi River."

With the onset of the industrial revolution, the demand for quality timber grew.  Louisiana, an unheard of and untapped resource for lumber at the time, became the epicenter for the lumber that built industrial America during the 1880s-1940s.


Above: Caption reads: "Logs on barge to unload at mill."

This welcome center has treated cypress tree stumps with weather-proof signage showing the process of harvesting southern lumber in the 19th and 20th century.