Re: Apparently, Boston & Maine boxcars made it to Florida
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Good thought on the lumber. The PNW is almost all softwood. Hardwoods would need to come from the east, like maple (duh!), red & white oak, black walnut, etc. Toothpicks, clothes pins, and textiles (especially woolens) are possibilities. And manufactured goods, too.
Thanks for more ideas. This is great!
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Subject: Re: [RealSTMFC] Apparently, Boston & Maine boxcars made it to Florida
It is possible that specialty wood items were shipped from New England to the west coast. I’m think of turned wooden thread spools, maybe even toothpicks. Yes the PNW had much lumber, but maybe not the right species for various items. And yes there were and are plenty of paper mills here, but maybe not making the right kind of paper for specialty uses. And the idea of textiles is great. Think of those huge textile mills like in Lowell.