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Natural Resources

The pioneers relied on nature to survive in the early years of settlement.


The Upper Pond at Black Creek


They settled near water sources such as lakes and rivers. Water was important for their everyday life,transportation and trade.

Wood was another important natural resource. To build farmsteads and villages, pioneers cleared forests. The wood from the forests was useful in many ways. They used wood to build their homes and make furniture, tools and toys.


Black Creek Trees

Black Creek Chopping Wood

Black Creek Cabinet Maker


They also used water and wood as energy sources to run machines.


Black Creek Mill


Finally the pioneers counted on sun and rain to grow their crops.


Black Creek Sunshine

Black Creek Vegegarden