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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Stanford General Books; 1 edition (February 13, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0804744815
  • ISBN-13: 978-0804744812
  • Product Dimensions: 10.5 x 0.9 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,052,067 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“The authors have done an excellent job of original research on a single Pacific Northwest lumber operation, placed within the context of the larger story of the U.S. lumber industry. They had the luxury of drawing from virtually intact company records, which they have used to create a coherent business framework for the company’s thirty-year history. The book is not only an important benchmark in the rediscovery of Pacific Northwest logging history, but it also provides a high standard for future logging histories of any region.”—Bruce MacGregor, Author of several books on Western railroad history

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This is a lavishly illustrated history of the Oregon-American Lumber Company, during its heyday one of the most important lumber firms in the Pacific Northwest. Operating from 1922 until its closure in 1957, the company provides an illuminating example of the history of lumbering in the region, showing in detail both the opportunities and problems encountered by firms seeking to exploit the area’s rich natural stands of Douglas fir. The story is enhanced by the inclusion of 285 illustrations, most of which are previously unpublished, that depict logging, railroading, and sawmilling activities, and 17 period-specific maps that give the reader a unique perspective on the growth of the company.
The lumbering industry was pivotal to America’s settlement and development, reaching its zenith in the period covered by this book, which shows how Oregon-American’s survival depended on successfully adapting to great changes in market forces and in industry structures, to natural disasters, and to economic crises like the Great Depression. Essential to the company’s objective of supplying lumber to markets in the Midwest farm belt was its relationship with the Great Northern and Northern Pacific Railroads; accordingly, the book provides much information on the railroad networks that made timber extraction possible.
The study is based on fifteen years of archival and on-the-ground research and draws heavily on the extensive collection of Oregon-American records, notably the correspondence files of Judd Greenman, the company president who conceived and executed most of the company’s operating policies. It also includes, as sidebars, engaging oral histories related by employees, which enrich the text and provide a vivid contrast between management and employee viewpoints.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By John A. Taubeneck on June 9, 2003
Format: Hardcover
Oregon-American Lumber Company: Ain't No More is a great inside look at the business and political workings of one of the West's larger producers of lumber in the glory days of the industry. Unlike many books on the lumber industry the authors were able to draw on a vast collection of managment letters and records as well as the recolections of former emploiees. This allows a look at both sides of such issues as labor relations and cutting practices. In this day and age we tend to forget that the reasion for such companies as Oregon-American existed was to make money for their investors by cutting their timber and selling the lumber cut there from. There were good solid economic reasions for the now discredited practices of the past.
Besides the excelent text this book contains a truly grand collection of photographs covering the entire life of the company. Some are amiture shots of poor quality but their rare subject matter makes up for that. The inclussion of an inventory of the logging equipment used by the company as well as on of their steam locomotives adds much information lacking in most books of this type. It is a great addition to my library.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Martin E. Hansen on June 11, 2003
Format: Hardcover
The authors have done a magnificent job in thoroughly covering the history, people and the operations of the fabled Oregon-American Lumber Company. Many of us have seen photos of this operation in a few books before, but, until now, we had nothing to describe the operation in any detail.
With "Ain't No More" we finally have the definitve work on this
fascinating logging operation and the railroad that served it. Through maps, records and photos the authors have weaved together how this operation came to life, survived the ravages of several forest fires and finally cut out under the name Long-Bell in 1957.
There is a wealth of unpublished photos that give both the historian and modeler a detailed look at this great example of Northwest logging.
For anyone interested in the highball days of Northwest logging,
"Ain't No More" is a must purchase!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Robert P. Vannatta on March 23, 2008
Format: Hardcover
This book compreshensively tracks the history of the Oregon American Lumber Company that operated out of Vernonia, Oregon from the 1920's to 1957. The details included make this book a reference work on the operation.
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