Ashland's mural finds are endlesss, and the Lumberjack Mural does not disappoint, especially in size. Those were the days, when work started at 4:00 a.m. and went until dark, from first freeze to first thaw.
An average day's work for a sawyer was 100 pine logs, all for $1.00 per day. In 1893, 10,000 lumberjacks worked in the logging camps to supply Ashland's 10 sawmills. Hard to imagine now.
The word lumberjack comes from Canada originally, other terms for the occupation include woodcutter, and the colloquial term woodhick . The term "lumberjill" has been known for a woman who does this work, like the lone lady pictured in the mural.
Here's a laugh to go with the tears - Monty Python's Lumberjack Song. I cracked up!