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Northrop, E. B.; Chittenden, H. A., Jr. (ed.) / The Wisconsin lumberman, devoted to the lumbering interests of the northwest
(August, 1874)

The yellow pine business,   pp. 462-[463] PDF (701.1 KB)


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The Wisconsin Lumiberman.
THE YELLOW PINE BUSINESS.
It is only within a few years that
the yellow pine of the south has at-
tracted the attention of lumbermen
and builders to the extent that so
valuable a timber merits. The pro-
duction of yellow pine lumber is now
one of the most important business
pursuits of the south, but it should
become a leading feature of the in-
dustry and capital which will again
rank the southern states equal
commercial influence and pros-
perity with the north. For flooring
yellow pine has no equal. Even as a
cabinet wood it is becoming popular,
for when finished in oil its beauties
are superior to almost any light col-
ored wood. Yellow pine is rendered
extremely tough and durable by its
resinous nature, yet is devoid of the
hard brittleness which characterises
Norway pine or hemlock; being in-
deed, fully as elastic as white pine
and much stronger. In the St. Louis
market yellow pine is now becoming
a leading commodity; while in New
York, Philadelphia and the great
eastern markets, every day increases
the popularity and sales of yellow
pine. There are rare opportunities
for profitable investment in the pine
lands of the south, and capital will
soon make the discovery and improve
the chances. We gain much infor-
mation relative to sonthern pine from
the following extract from the Bruns-
wick Ga., SeaporM Appeal:
No branch of business has devel-
oped more rapidly than has the man-
ufacture and shipment of yellow pine
lumber and timber during the last
four years, through the ports of
Brunswick and Darien. Below we
give the shipments for four years,
ending May 31 of each year:
1871- 27,240,437 feet, valued at ....... $ 513,221,66
1872- 61,678,612  "  ......... 1,021,879,00
187S   77,658,564  "   "  *....... 1903421,0
1874-123,842,779 "  ......... 2,028,898,C0
Which shows that there has been
shipped during the four years, 286,-
127,*02 feet of lumber and timber,
valued at 4,878,309,66. Allowing
4.000 feet of mill and ranging timber
as the average production of each
acre, and we find that say 71,526
acres have been denuded of that class
of timber. After the lands have been
thus stripped of the larger class of
timber there still remains timber suf-
ficient forthe profitable establishment
of turpentine farms. Allowing the
value of the timber lands to be, say
$2 per acre, which is certainly a large
allowance-and we find that $4,806,-
783,66 has been realized from the
manipulation and manufacture of the
industry through the scope of country
tributary to the ports of Brunswick
and Darien.
If our estimates as to the produc-
tion of lands are not in error, and
they are based upon figures generally
admitted to be correct, the intrinsic
value of our pine lands convenient to
present and probable lines of trans-
portation, are far above present sales
and valuations. After being stripped
of ranging and mill timber these
lands are intrinsically worth at least
the prices now asked for the estab-
lishment of turpentine farms, and we
are confident that within less time
than a decade the correctness of our
opinion will be fully verified. We
, know of no more inviting field for
speculation than in the yellow pine
lands in this section of the south.
The wants of the world will require
every foot of lumber and timber, and
every ounce of rosin and turpentine.
Then, to our friends in this region we
would saybe of good cheer, you have
fortunes in your pine lands which
will yet be " panned out."
The Hinesville Ga., Gazette also fur-
nishes some interesting statistical in-
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