In 1918 the nation’s foremost lumberman, R.A. Long, received word that his sources for timber in the Mississippi Delta were nearly exhausted. Now, his Long-Bell Lumber Company was at a crossroads. The timber baron put the question to a vote by his board of directors: disband or build the world’s largest lumber mill somewhere else? This group of middle-aged men looked upon R.A. Long as a father figure and a proverbial King Midas, able to turn wood into gold. Their decision was easy: they wholeheartedly endorsed the plan to build. Their vision became the Longview Washington story, now told in this pictorial history.