Logging and Sawmills
Many an area young man made his first wages helping with the timbering or sawmill operation. Beginning in the 1880s, timber contracts were purchased along the overlooked ridgetop lands of the Buffalo. Threes were cut and slid down to the river for floating to the sawmill or railhead. Other loads went out by wagon. Stave mills were another timber use. At the stave mill the timber was sliced into staves for barrels and then transported to manufacturers.
Logging became a big commercial venture along the Buffalo from the 1880s to the 1930s and continues to today in some areas. It is appropriate that historic sites relative to this industry be recognized in the Buffalo National River.
Did You Know?
Did you know that the longest cave in Arkansas is located within the boundaries of Buffalo National River? Fitton Cave, also called Beauty Cave, has 17 miles of mapped cavern with the possibility of more to discover!