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“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Near Leadore in Lemhi County, Idaho — The American West (Mountains)
 

Wood

and How It Was Used

 
 
Wood Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, June 24, 2017
1. Wood Marker
Inscription. During the two years the 16 kilns were in operation, 150,000 cords of wood (about 15,000 loads of today’s logging trucks) were made into charcoal. A supply of 6,000 cords of wood was kept on hand at all times. Some can still be seen lying on the ground.
Douglas-fir was the favorite wood because it created fewer sparks than alpine fir or spruce. Most of the Douglas-fir came from the mountains west of the kilns.
New trees have replaced those that were cut, but if you look closely, the outline of the old clearcuts are still visible.
Woodland, a town of 150, was located a few hundred yards west of the kilns. Many of the people who lived at Woodland and worked at cutting, burning, or hauling wood and charcoal were Chinese, Irish, and Italian. Charcoal was widely used in Italy for heating and cooking, and immigrants from that country were valued workers because of their experience in producing charcoal.
 
Erected by Targhee National Forest.
 
Location. 44° 18.683′ N, 113° 10.768′ W. Marker is near Leadore, Idaho, in Lemhi County. Marker can be reached from Highway 533 near Forest Road 188, on the right when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Leadore ID 83464, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least
Wood Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, June 24, 2017
2. Wood Marker
8 other markers are within 5 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Kilns (within shouting distance of this marker); The Back Door (within shouting distance of this marker); Brick (within shouting distance of this marker); Charcoal (within shouting distance of this marker); Viola - The Mine (within shouting distance of this marker); Preserve and Protect (within shouting distance of this marker); Once Upon a Time (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Cote's Defile (approx. 5 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Leadore.
 
Categories. Industry & Commerce
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on October 19, 2017. This page originally submitted on October 19, 2017, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. This page has been viewed 76 times since then. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on October 19, 2017, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California.
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