- Sep 29, 2014
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My Dad tells stories about the olden days when they cut timber in the swamp during winter. They hired a couple of guys one year and they showed up with 2 mules. One guy went into the swamp with one mule and a saw. He would cut down the tree, limb it and cut it into 10' pieces. He would hook up the mule to the timber and set it loose. That mule would haul the log back to the wagon and stand there to be un-hooked. Once the traces were rolled up and hooked to the harness, it would go back into the swamp and get the next piece. Every couple of hours or so, they would swap out mules and let the one rest and eat some grain while the other one worked. They did that for 3 months - 5 days a week. They hauled out alot of lumber and left some nice trails. In the fall, when all the vegetation is dying back, you can still see some of the trails in the swamp.