Another perspective on portable sawmills in Lyndeborough

Courtesy photo According to the photographer, John Proctor of North Lyndeborough, this view of a portable sawmill was taken “around 1900 somewhere in Lyndeborough.” Such mills were used until about World War II when trucks became available.

When my family moved to Lyndeborough in the late 1940s, it was still possible to find the remains of sawdust piles in the woods that marked the site of a portable sawmill. On a hillside owned by my family are the rusting remains of two small cook stoves that were used to heat the tiny cabins occupied by loggers sometime before 1920. No one then in the neighborhood could recall the mill. It was moved and there is no longer any sign of the cabins. Why they were abandoned is not known since camps usually loaded onto trucks and moved with the mill to the next site.

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