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Lakewood

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Just up the White River from New Market is the small logging town of Lakewood. Unlike New Market, Lakewood has not managed to diversify its economic base, and remains rather poor and small. It does have a certain "Wild West" charm though, with some of the oldest buildings in the whole region.

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As the logging for the Holden Sawmill moved upriver, the growing distance demanded the creation of some permament infrastructure. This location was chosen due to its proximity to a good sized lake that fed the White River. A dock built here would be easily able to transport logs harvested anywhere in the area downriver to the mill. Once a railroad spur was built, the dock fell into disuse, although it recently enjoyed a revival of business (of the illicit nature) during Prohibition:

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Logs are brought to this yard via truck and tractor, and loaded onto waiting trains with the crane:

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A small commercial area developed around the trainyard:

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Closeup of downtown. Polly's Diner is beloved through the whole region for its pies. Note that Lakewood is rustic enough that bears sometimes wander into town.

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These houses were originally built by the railroad, and rented to the occupants.  Cheaply built, poorly maintained, and aging the area has developed into a dismal slum, with the ongoing Depression making things even worse. Nearly everyone who can afford to lives in New Market and commutes by train. While there are many opinions on how the town could be revitalized, the money is just not there.

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The area between the town and Pine Lake was completely clearcut about 50 years ago, but is recovering nicely:

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A recently abandoned clearcut:

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2nd generation logging along the railroad:

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Most of the logging going on right now is in the untapped forest north of the lake.

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That's Lakewood! Hopefully the next time we see it, things will be looking up. Next update, we'll see the oldest settlement in the region. I'm hoping to get some region shots ready soon, but I'm trying to get the whole region up to the '30s.

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Yes, it's still in the 30s (story time - game time is all over the place). My aim is to get the entire region up to the same general time period and then show how the towns grow and change over time.

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