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Tackling the Timbers in Mission
Mission Museum
Mission , British Columbia

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   Logging was one of the
earliest industries in
Mission, B.C. Its history
begins in the 1880s with
logging for barrel staves and
sternwheeler fuel, moving on
to the manufacture of railway
ties for the Canadian Pacific
Railway, dimensional and
finished lumber, and the

production of shakes,
shingles and lumber products.
These industries are still
present in Mission today.
   With the coming of the
railroad, the federal
government issued timber
licenses that allowed logging
for 12 miles to the north and
south of the rail beds. These

rights were bought up quickly
since they were offered at a
more reasonable rate than
those sold by the province.
Mission’s close proximity to
the railroad and river also
made transporting the logs
easier.
   Mission has watched the
growth of logging, from the

time when logs were cut with
axes and cross-cut saws to
when chain saws were used;
from when logs were hauled
with oxen to the use of
modern logging trucks; and
from the use of hand-powered
“up-and-down” mills to that
of modern, high-production
lumber and shake mills. With

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