Relates the history of railroad activity during that robust era that witnessed the most intense timber harvest ever undertaken in the Adirondacks.
"Bill Gove has written one of the most definitive history books on the spider web of logging railroads that opened up the Adirondacks to large scale timber harvesting, changing its physical and economic landscape for the next hundred years."
—Adirondack Daily Enterprise
"An impressively detailed and smoothly written account of the many interesting facets and over all history of the logging methods, the use of the railway in the Adirondack forest. As an indept reference and informative documentation of the railways in the Adirondack forest, enhanced with historic photographs and illustrations, Logging Railroads of the Adirondacks is an engaging study of the history of these Adirondack railroads and their relationship to logging, forestry, and their effects upon a beautiful American forest. Enhanced with a glossary, a bibliography, and index, [the book] is very strongly recommended reading to all students of American history, as well as railroads buffs, the logging industry, and the Adirondacks."
The Midwest Book Review
The period of 1890-1950 marked the romantic era of steam power as the rails reached
deep into the old growth of the Adirondack woods to harvest the timber crop.
In this volume, not only does William Gove provide an in-depth history of railroad
activity in the Adirondacksthere were twenty-four rails in allhe also
describes the logging methods used, the role of railroads in the logging industry,
and the influence of the railroads on the condition of the Adirondack forest today.
In addition, he addresses the political and economic forces determining the location
and viability of logging railroads, villages, and the forest industry.
William Gove has had a career in forestry in both private industry and state
government in Vermont. He is the author of Sky Route to the Quarries, J. E. Henry's Logging Ralroads, and Log Drives in the Connecticut River.
8 1/2 x 11, 280 pages, 350 black-and-white photographs, bibliography, index