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Last of the Timber Rafters


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Timber rafting was a big industry on the Upper Cape Fear River during the 19th-century before railroads. The industry employed hundreds of men who stripped virgin pine forests of their finest sticks and bound them into long rafts for the 125-mile trip down the river to sawmills at Point Peter near Wilmington. The rafts also carried bales of cotton and barrels of turpentine.
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