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Throughout Louisiana’s history, from the Louisiana Purchase to present day, the state has well benefited from its economic location. From the Port of New Orleans to Union Pacific railyard, all along the state, Louisiana has possessed its natural resources of the lumber commerce. Beginning in the 1880s to a peak in the 1910s, Louisiana represented a state-wide economic development. This paper argues that Louisiana advancement post-Reconstruction and into this new period of newly commercialized railroad systems made the biggest economic impact on Southwestern Louisiana with one essential economic, lumber. From 1880 to 1925, the lumber industry in Vernon Parish, Louisiana, grew from a small local lumber system to growing resources and shipping all around the country.
Creed, John C. Jr, "Into the Depths of Economic Extraction: Louisiana Lumber’s Rise and Fall" (2021). University of New Orleans Theses and Dissertations. 2851.