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Bounded roughly by Interstate 20 in the north and Interstate 10 in the south, the Piney Woods is part of a larger geographical region in the southeast that stretches from southern Georgia to a portion of eastern Texas. The region's sandy clay soil discouraged the initial settlers from farming; therefore the population in the Piney Woods remained small until large-scale timber cutting operations began in the late 1800s. Many of the region's towns and cities grew up around sawmills and the timber industry remains a vital part of the economy. Because of the abundance of wood, the region is known for its craftsmen, including basketmakers, woodcarvers, and others. Music also flourishes in the Piney Woods, with active blues musicians in its larger towns and a vigorous bluegrass community that hosts numerous festivals and "picking parties".

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