When lumbering was the key industry in northern Michigan, every community near Arcadia seemed to be centered around a sawmill, the jobs it provided, and the goods and services needed by sawmill workers and their families.
Two of the earliest sawmills in the Arcadia area were the Averill sawmill near Lower Herring Lake and the Huntington sawmill just south of what would become Arcadia.
Lumbering consists of four steps: logging, driving logs to the mill, manufacturing, and marketing.
Many small, temporary sawmills sprang up in the area. These three more permanent, large sawmills are covered here:
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