Keywords: boom logs
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Contributed by: Joyce Carle through Princeton Public Library
Date: circa 1955
Location: Greenlaw Chopping Twp
Contributed by: Princeton Public Library
Date: circa 1890
Media: Photographic print
After the canoe, steamboats became the favored method of transportation on Moosehead Lake. They revolutionized movement of logs and helped promote tourism in the region.
Princeton benefited from its location on a river -- the St. Croix -- that was useful for transportation of people and lumber and for powering mills as well as on its proximity to forests.
Paper has shaped Maine's economy, molded individual and community identities, and impacted the environment throughout Maine. When Hugh Chisholm opened the Otis Falls Pulp Company in Jay in 1888, the mill was one of the most modern paper-making facilities in the country, and was connected to national and global markets. For the next century, Maine was an international leader in the manufacture of pulp and paper.
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The Steam and Boom Company was where all the logs got delivered and collected and also contained floating logs timbered from nearby forests.
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Booms were large logs attached together by a chain. The booms circled the logs, not letting them escape.