06/25/13 - 3:52pm
In the closing decades of the 19th century, pine logging was a major industry in southern Cass and Crow Wing counties.
By 1889 lumbermen had already cut most accessible shoreline timber and floated the logs to sawmills downstream. The remaining pine forests, more remote from waterways, could be harvested most efficiently with railroads.
One early logging railroad, the Brainerd & Northern Minnesota Railway (B&NM), was built in 1892 to transport logs to a landing by Rice Lake on the Mississippi River in northeast Brainerd.