Quicksand Mill Workers, ca. 1913



The community of Quicksand, Breathitt County, was once the site of one of the largest lumber operations in the United States. From about 1910 until 1924, large mills located in the area cut millions of board feet of some of the finest lumber ever produced in Kentucky. From time to time, we run photos of that operation. We are indebted to Shirley Liedtky, North Judson, Indiana, for kindly sharing this photograph, taken at Quicksand, about 1913. Above, a group of workers at the big mill at Quicksand stop long enough for this photo. Notice that each man holds a tool used in his work. Sorry to say the names of these men are unknown at this time.