River Pigs like Henry here are workers who transported logs down the river. They cleared up log jams too. Most of them couldn't swim so if they fell then the river pigs would likly die
Starting in the late 1800´s European´s came to America for a better life. The country was developing fast. Resources were being used faster than they could be replenished. This combination of people and jobs would not end well.
I immigrated from Europe when I was 19 for a better life. My name is Henry.
Welcome to the lumber industry!
Lumber men like Andrew here chopped down the trees in the winter and bought them to the frozen river.
I imigrated to Minnesota for a better life! Even though this is hard work it pays well! The journey of getting here from Euprope was worth it.
Logging was a huge business in Minnesota starting in the late 1800's. In just one week a company shipped in 141 cars of lumber. One Week! Crazy!
The lumber industry does all that work so towns and houses could be built around the nation like this little farm house
Then in the Spring the river melts and the logs can float down the river to the lumber mills. On June 13th, 1886 there was the biggest log jam in the history of Minnesota. Estimates say on the St.Croix there was 125 to 150 million logs. It took two hundered men six weeks to stop the huge jam.
From the span of 1890 to 1910 in Minnesota the total value of logs was 1 billion dollars. How would they process all these logs into planks and wood used to build? Lumber mills were fast, effienct and powered by water so they were the perfect thing to use for this huge growing industry.