Hall Collection

Konnarock in the 1920's and the lumber boom

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Title

Konnarock in the 1920's and the lumber boom

Subject

Konnarock, Va.
Hassinger Lumber
Douglas Robinson
Douglas Land Co.
Lumber industry

Description

This map is a reconstruction from various memories. All road numbers were assigned in modern times. The modern route 603 was at that time the railroad.
"Early in the twentieth century the U.S. Forest Service made a survey of the timber resources of the Southern Appalachian Region. Much of the data prepared was erroneous and misleading; actual cuttings showed an error of at least seventy percent. In Southwest Virginia, the region estimated at twenty feet per acre on Mount Rogers cut nearly one hundred thousand feet, and timber in the Damascus region, estimated from two thousand to four thousand feet, actually cut from ten to twenty thousand feet per acre as proved by the Crandells, Shaeffers, Thayers, and Hassingers. Probably a modest estimate of timber cut in upper East Tennessee and the Holston tributeries in Virginia since the arrival of the large band mill operators in 1900 would be four billion feet board measure of manufactured lumber of all species." [Source: "The Lumber Industry in Southwest Virginia, by Luther C. Hassinger. Historical Society of Washington County, Virginia, Publications: Series II, No. 4, Spring, 1967]

"The Hassinger Lumber Company was no small operation. It was by some estimates the largest timber producer in the eastern United States and employed as many as 400 workers at the peak of lumber operations. Washington County, VA became the largest exporter of timber in the USA at the time. [Quote and accompanying photo from website of Dealers Wholesale of Bristol (formed by the Hassinger family after they shut down the lumber operation in Dec. 1928): https://dwc-k.net/History__1880-1928__.html, accessed 04/2012]

Creator

William B. Gable
Ed Davis
Luther C. Hassinger

Source

An Oral History of Konnarock
Virginia Atlas by DeLorme
"Various residents"
The Lumber Industry in Southwest Virginia

Publisher

Published with a grant from the Virginia Foundation for the Humanities and Public Policy
Historical Society of Washington County, Virginia

Contributor

Hazel Pennington
Robert Foster
Washington County Public Library

Rights

Virginia Foundation for the Humanities
Emory and Henry College
Historical Society of Washington County, Virginia

Format

MSS
PHOTO

Language

English

Type

Text
Still Image

Identifier

Hall Collection: WaCo-Comm_9, box 7

Files

Citation

William B. Gable Ed Davis Luther C. Hassinger , “Konnarock in the 1920's and the lumber boom,” Hall Collection, accessed September 20, 2017, http://www.archives-wcpl.net/Archive7_Hall/project/items/show/2.