Lumberman's Monument, Michigan
The Lumberman's Monument was erected in 1931 as a memorial to the lumbermen who harvested Michigan's giant white pine in the 1800's. The 14-foot bronze statue overlooks the beautiful Au Sable River ("River of Sand"). The three figures represent various stages of the historic lumbering operation.
In the center, the timber cruiser holds a compass. To his left, a sawyer holds an ax and cross-cut saw. On the right, is the river rat using a peavey. Outside visitors view the Lumberman's Monument statue up close, take pictures, and enjoy the overlook of the Au Sable River, a beauty that draws people back to its banks year after year. In the outdoor exhibit area, large scale replicas of a Rollway, logjam, comfort station, wanigan, hands-on peavey and log stamping areas add to the story of the lumbermen. The outdoor displays and trails highlight the "River Rats" and driving logs to the sawmills.
All of this is reached after a spectacular drive along the River Road, a National Scenic Byway. The most popular section of the Highbanks Trail is the 2.5 mile route from Lumberman's Monument to Sidtown. Along this portion of trail, hikers traverse the ridges of the historic towering sandy Highbanks from which an entire forest of logs were rolled into the river and floated downstream to the mills in Oscoda during Michigan's white pine lumbering days. The wind blown sand ridges have created a unique ecosystem found nowhere else in Michigan.