Virginia MN, 1920s and 2020

I’m in Virginia Minnesota today, at the site of what was once the world’s biggest white pine lumber mill. The Virginia and Rainy Lake Lumber Company operated from around 1907 until 1929. It was partly owned by Frederick Weyerhäuser and partly by Edward Hines. In its day this mill claimed to be the worlds largest, with a capacity of a million board feet a day. This panorama shows logs waiting on Silver Lake to be processed. On the left is the Virginia Brewing Company building, and on the right the VRL mill.

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