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Logging History

In Country Logging Roads, Frank King writes that the mouth of the Split Rock River was once the terminus of a logging railroad built by the Split Rock Lumber Company, a subsidiary of the Merrill & Ring Company. Construction of a 10 mile railroad, known as the Merrill Grade, began in 1899. The railroad was used to haul about 200 million board feet of timber out of the Split Rock River area.

Once in the water, crews formed the logs into giant rafts that were taken by the tug Gladiator to a sawmill in Duluth. A novel practice, for Country anyway, was the use by the tug’s crew of carrier pigeons to send distress messages.

Logging operations by the Split Rock Lumber Company lasted seven years, ending in 1906. During this time, the company earned a profit of $863,454. By the next year the rails had been taken up. The pilings at the mouth of the river are a small reminder of those logging years.

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