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Date of Interview
Duration of Audio File
Disc 1 1:07:15 Disc 2 1:12:09
Occupation/ Work History
Forestry manager and later independent forestry consultant; worked at GNP for 20 years
Mill or Principal Employer
Great Northern Paper Company
Woodcutters Strike, Maine Labor History, Maine Paper Industry
Corcoran's biggest story is overseeing the building of the Golden Road -- he has a detailed and rich account of the process of shifting from river drives to trucking wood to GNP. The building of the Golden Road began in 1940s, 30 years before it was ended statewide by regulation after the spring of 1976. The key advantage is that river drives meant stocking the mill wood supply only once a year, there was a loss of up to 20 percent of the trees, and the wood quality was inferior to freshly trucked wood.
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Interview with Dan Corcoran by Michael Hillard, June 22, 2006, Stories of Maine's Paper Plantation, Digital Maine, Maine's Economic Improvement Fund, Digital Commons, University of Southern Maine.