April 20, 2016 Edition

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Pictures of the Past

As the virgin forests of Lawrence County were disappearing in the 1910s, dredging of the lowlands and swamps was also taking place to turn the rich bottom lands into productive farmland. This dredge boat on Cache River in 1923 was one of many that helped drain Eastern Lawrence County in the early 20th century. (Pictures of the Past is a cooperative effort of The Times Dispatch and the Lawrence County Historical Society. Readers are encouraged to submit historic photos.)
Photo courtesy of Addie Lou Davidson Saunders

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