Turpentine Camps By Kara Rondinelli

Five Interesting Facts

1. Turpentine is a fluid obtained by the distillation of resin from live trees, mainly pines.


2. A worker in the turpentine camps relied on the company for most goods and services. The camp provided small shacks or shanties for the workers and their families. Also, the workers were paid monthly.


3. Turpentine's vapor could irritate skin and eyes or damage the lungs and respiratory system, also, it posed a fire hazard because it was flamible. This made it very rigorous as well as dangerous for workers.


4. Owners of the camps inflated prices so they could keep workers in debt, held in an economic form of slavery. Workers would be held in economic peonage by the force of guns, beatings and brute violence


5. There were certain jobs for the people that harvested turpentine, for example the chippers, pullers, foremen, and woodchoppers. The chippers would make slanting cuts into the trees, the pullers would chip the trees when they have been worked too high for the chipper. The foremen would be able to tell if every “face” on every tree has been chipped and finally, the woodchopper would cut the wood off the trees to use as fuel for the furnace.









Created with images by sridgway - "Turpentine Camping Area - Olney State Forest"

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