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Links to other Fox Meadow books about 19th-century lumbering
The companion volume to When Giants Fall, Gilmour Tramway provides an in-depth look at the Gilmour company’s amazing log-moving system near Dorset, designed to move millions of logs over a range of hills between river systems. The photo top right shows part of the second jackladder on the Tramway.
Now in its 2nd edition
When Giants Fall:
by Gary Long and Randy Whiteman
“Long and Whiteman have produced a winner … [it] combines the geographer’s appreciation of place with the historian’s interest in issues and personality.”
“A terrific book … we heartily recommend it.”
This is a classic story of Canadian lumbering during the era of the powerful timber barons of the late 19th century.
The Gilmour company was one of the lumber giants of eastern Canada. Beginning as a square timber dealer in the early 1800s, it expanded into sawmilling to supply the American market, relentlessly chopping through the pine forests of the Ottawa Valley and central Ontario to feed the voracious saws in its mills.
By the 1880s the company’s sawmill at Trenton on Lake Ontario was one of the world’s largest. Unfortunately, the supply of pine that fed it was running out. With the family’s wealth and reputation on the line, David Gilmour embarked on an incredible scheme to tap a new source of pine in Algonquin Park, and float the logs 445 kilometres to the mill along three different river systems — and over the hills between them.
Long and Whiteman capture the drama of the Gilmour company’s rise and fall.
Contents (Table of contents, list of pictures and maps)
Selected books on specific aspects of lumbering history in central Ontario and the Ottawa Valley.
Hurling Down the Pine, by John W. Hughson and Courtney C.J. Bond (Gatineau Valley Historical Society)
Timber Empire: The Exploits of the Entrepreneurial Boyds, 2nd ed., by Grace Barker (Fox Meadow, 2003)
The Fossmill Story: Life in a Railway Lumbering Village on the Edge of Algonquin Park, by Paul and Doug Mackey (Past Forward Heritage).
J.R. Booth: The Life and Times of an Ottawa Lumberking, by John Ross Trinnell (Treehouse Publishing)
A Deo Victoria: The Story of the Georgian Bay Lumber Company 1871-1942, by James T. Angus (Severn Publications).