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Fearsome Creatures of the Lumberwoods, With a Few Desert and Mountain Beasts is one of the earliest written accounts describing fabulous beasts of lumberjack lore, together called “fearsome critters.” These creatures are the New World counterparts to the monsters of classic mythology. As for information regarding the books development and its author only so much survives today. The author William T. Cox (1878-1961) was an outstanding forester having written several texts on the subject, he was one well acquainted with the woods. A man of noteworthy knowledge and skill, he served as Minnesota’s first State Forester and Commissioner of Conservation. The illustrator Coert du Bois (1881–1960), also of the Forest Service, makes a brief mention of the manuscript in his autobiography:

Bill Cox and I had been collecting these stories for quite a while and he was writing a book about them and I was illustrating it. It was published later by Judd and Detweiller in 1910 in Washington under the title Fearsome Creatures of the Lumberwoods and is now out of print and a collector's item. And well worth collecting, I may add.” - Coert du Bois, Trail Blazers (1957)

This hypertext edition is based upon the original 1910 text and diligent care has been taken to match it as close as practical.

William T. Cox Bibliography
Washington and Oregon Forest Fires (1902)
Fearsome Creatures of the Lumberwoods (1910)
Reforestation on the National Forests (1911)
Wood Using Industries of Minnesota (1913)
More Comprehensive Forest Policy for Minnesota (1918)
“Forestry in Brazil” (1934)
Wild Animals of Field and Forest (1950)
Bird Stories (1950)
           

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Fearsome Creatures of the Lumberwoods, With a Few Desert and Mountain Beasts
Written by William T. Cox • Illustrated by Coert Du Bois • With Latin Classifications by George B. Sudworth
(Washington: Judd & Detweiler, Inc., 1910) Original Text and Illustrations Public Domain License.
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