The Mason County Historical Society


Lumbering Days on Pere Marquette Lake

In the 1940s, Ludington businessman, historian, and artist Jacob Lunde “got a notion to make a little picture” to use when sharing stories with his boy scout troop of his childhood in Ludington during the lumbering days of the late 19th century. The result was a 100-foot long panoramic painting he displayed on a homemade, portable roller devise. Now his unfurled painting fills a gallery on the third floor, and Jake narrates the wild and wooly days of the lumbering era through a recording he made in the 1950s, complimented by photographs and historical artifacts from the period.