Michigan was first settled and developed due to the timber industry. The state was covered with huge old-growth wood forests, and the rivers and lakes were used to transport the wood logs to sell in the larger cities and towns. Over time, the forests were cut down and the logging era ended.
Students from Frankfort High School recorded a documentary about the early logging history in Frankfort. This is a Picturing Your Community in America program developed by the Michigan Humanities Council in partnership with the National Endowment for the Humanities, and Michigan Television.