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Web Extras: History of the Logging Industry

Aug 31, 2015 09:38PM ● By Erica Shames

A group of Pennsylvanians got together in 2003 with the idea to build a log raft.  The raft was called the “Montour,” and it was piloted on the North Branch of the Susquehanna River.  The project coordinators were Marc Lewis, Ken Kremser, Van Wagner, Aaron Myers and Karl Shellenberger.

In 2004 the raft left Catawissa, PA, and completed a four-day journey to Sunbury, PA.  The raft drew hundreds of people to the river banks and helped remind Pennsylvanians of an almost forgotten legacy of timber heritage in the Commonwealth.

The crew of the Montour organized the Susquehanna Raftsmen in 2006.  Their purpose is to help preserve the heritage of the Susquehanna River Watershed. They organize: timber heritage workshops; canoe trips focusing on the heritage region; environmental studies of the watershed; raft building; and public education programs.

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Photographs courtesy of Van Wagner. 

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