St. Lawrence University

Logging and mining have always been a quintessential part of the Adirondacks, even well before the region was established as a park. The Adirondacks were originally visited for what people could get out of it—natural resources. In 1894 a significant portion of the park as it is today was protected and deemed “forever wild” and logging and mining operations were forced to slow down, but even today natural resources remain an invaluable part of the Adirondack economy.

The stories about logging, no matter when they were published, are almost all set in the late 19th or early 20th centuries. These stories describe life at logging camps or harsh mines, and often involve another dimension in plot, be it a murder, scandal, romance, tragedy, or something else.

Logging and Mining