Ponderosa DUO, sky view (Pinus ponderosa) . . . See here the timberman's dream
of abundant, tall, straight trees ready for the taking. One can easily imagine
investors in 19th century Chicago, after the vast pine forests of Michigan were
a thing of the past, willing to lay out huge amounts of cash for the building
of railroads for the sole purpose of carrying these giants away. Like much
historic development in the Northwest, it was industrial, it was large-scale,
it was conceived by finacial men living elsewhere, and it was done with an
extremely short-sighted eye to the so-called 'bottom line.'

The word
'plunder' comes to us from the German, plündern, meaning
the wartime '
stealing of household goods.' That's exactly what took place,
the plundering of the ponderosas . . . We are all greatly poorer because
of it.

On the road in the American Northwest.

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(created: X.14.2007)