This photo was actually taken much later, probably in the mid-1900s, as evidenced by the hard hat and the chain saw marks on the butt of this redwood log, a relatively small specimen by 19th-Centruy standards. After the advent of the railroads, Pacific Northwest lumber was shipped eastward to the treeless Plains states, where it was used to build entire towns on the prairie.
PHOTO COURTESY OF PETER PALMQUIST, ARCATA, CA

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