In the Northern woods of Minnesota these lumberjacks were doing what they do every day cutting down trees for lumber.
Once the lumberjacks were done cutting down trees they sent the logs down the river to the saw mill to be turned to lumber.
At the saw mill the logs were taken out of the river and they were turned to lumber and sold the lumber to consumers.
By 1905 the lumber industry was in full swing and lumberjacks were cutting as much as 2 billion feet of boards annually, which is enough to go around the entire earth once with a one inch thick fourteen foot wide board walk.
After 1905 the amount of quality trees had droped dramatically and now there wasn't enough money to keep up with the expenses of maintaining rail roads.
By 1929 all of the strong healthy trees were cut down and the lumber industrie was forced to move farther west.