Pennsylvania Logging Camp

Masten, Pennsylvania (photos below)

Masten, Pa. was an old Pennsylvania logging camp that ran from 1900 to 1930. Today, there is literally nothing left of the old town. The town at one time was composed of about 90 homes which rented for $5 or $6 a month. Running water was piped into each home from reservoirs fed by springs on the mountains. Masten is located about 8 - 10 miles out of Shunk, between Shunk and Hillsgrove, Pa. There was a Hotel and a boarding house, no beer or liquor was allowed in town. There was a store, no one was compelled to buy from this store as was the case in some other camps. There was a hardwood mill which produced about 40,000 board feet a day and a hemlock mill which cut about 70,0000 feet per day. Both mills had about 35 to 40 men. Ordinary laborers were paid about $1.76 per day, higher skilled men, saw filers and sawyers were paid as much as $5.00 per day in the early 1900's. In addition to the mills , there was also a clothes pin factory and a lath mill. From the hemlock mill, the bark was used for tanning purposes in Hillsgrove. Lumber was shipped out of Masten to Hillsgrove initially by horses then eventually by train. Around 1930, the mill town was closed, it was later used as a CCC camp, today it is all grown over again with little witness to the fact it was once a thriving logging town. Much of this info is from "Ghost Lumber Towns Of Central Pa." by Tom Taber III.
Click Here Map of town
Click Here Mill
Click Here Mill workers
Click Here Numbered listing of mill workers in photo above
Click Here George "Pappy" Jackson. #7 in photo above
Click Here The Masten Store
Click Here Early Masten home
Click Here Masten Hardwood Mill
Click Here Unloading logs at the Masten Hardwood Mill
Click Here Engine #7 used to haul logs
Click Here Engine #3 used to haul logs