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Saginaw Valley Lumber Strike of 1885

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In 1885, Bay City was home to dozens of sawmills and widely regarded as "the lumber capital of the world."

Renowned historians David Roedigger and Phillip Foner declared the Saginaw Valley strike, along with an 1881 strike in Eau Claire, Wisconsin, as the "most spectacular" of the many strikes by lumber workers during the late 19th century.


Roediger, David and Philip Sheldon Foner, Our Own Time: A History of American Labor and the Working Day. Verso, 1989, 133.

North Water Street and Center Ave
Bay City, MI 48708
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This location was created on 2015-12-29 by David J. Trowbridge .

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