Logging near Waterville

Pioneers pose with a logging truck near Waterville. The date of this photo was not provided. 

WATERVILLE — Trees! Big ’uns. The tall timber on Badger Mountain provided the prime attraction for the first settlement in Douglas County. Making a go of pioneer life required either a sod house heated with hay twists and buffalo chips or a log home with a warm wood fire.

The Waterville Plateau lacked the sod for cutting and stacking into a soddy cabin. Soddies make a good home. They are cool in the summer and warm in the winter.

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