Pendleton County News
The Ticket – Covington, KY, March. 23, 1876
The Licking River Lumber and Mining
Company has been brought to the notice of many
of our readers this winter on account of its
being involved in legislative discussions. A
strong effort was made at Frankfort to take away
some of its peculiar privileges, but it was
unsuccessful. A lumber man explained it to us,
recently, as follows: “The company had money to
spend and the mountain folks had none, and you
could see in two hours just how the thing was
The company certainly enjoys very
strange privileges by its charter. For years it
has been the custom of the people in the
mountains to build rafts of logs, loading on
then perhaps some tobacco and furs, and
hoop-poles, and coming down when the river was
up to exchange their merchandise for city
supplies. But this is all cut off by the boom
which the lumber company has been allowed to
throw across the river to stop their logs. The
mountaineers claim that it was wrong to give up
to a company the control of a free river, but
they were defeated, and now they must sell their
logs to the lumber company, or let them stand in
the woods, while their market for other
productions is almost entirely cut off.
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