June 11, 2005
Anderson Tully Company
ON THE MISSISSIPPI RIVER:
"Beginnings of the World's Largest Hardwood Mill"
of Vicksburg and Warren County's greatest natural resources is its
hardwood forests. For years, the harvesting of timber was hard
work that was achieved by hard men and animals working in
trees were cut, oxen and mules were used to "snake" or pull
the logs out to a cleared "deck." Oxen were preferred
for the heavy work and mules for the lighter work because the mules
were considered to be quicker and faster while the oxen were more
plodding, stronger and methodical.
were then "cross hauled" onto log wagons and the animals
pulled the wagons to a landing on the river, a short distance away.
crane at the river's edge placed the logs on a barge which was then
floated to the mill. This cross hauling technique of loading
logs was employed, in one way or another, from the inception of
logging until the advent of the Knuckle Boom Loader in the 1960's.
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