Logging in Western North Carolina was a major source of income for many families in the area. Jackson County could be seen as a late bloomer when it comes to logging. Other forests in the area were being logged in the early 1900's while Jackson County hit its peak in the 1920's. Key players in the industry included Blackwood Lumber Company and Blue Ridge Lumber Company. Overtime, companies began closing, which led to better job opportunities in the Pacific Northwest with its vast forests of virgin tree growth.
Because of better opportunities in Washington, there was a large migration of Jackson County residents to the region.
By- Meghan Franklin, Becca Rhinehart, Darren Beebe, Geoffrey Mace