How do we get to the museum?

The Museum is open Thursday through Sunday, 12 noon to 4 pm, from the first of April to about the first of December, depending on the weather.  For 2014, we will reopen April 3rd and should stay open until about the 1st of December.

To get to the Museum, take Highway 4 east from Stockton through Angels Camp to the town of Arnold. From the northern or southern Sierras, take Highway 49 to Angels Camp, then turn east on Highway 4 to Arnold. From the Central Valley, take Highways 5 or 99 to Stockton and turn east on Highway 4. From Tahoe or Nevada, follow Highway 4 west from Markleeville over the crest of the Sierras through beautiful Ebbetts Pass to Arnold. (In winter, after the snows arrive, Highway 4 over the pass is closed; from Tahoe or Nevada, take Highway 88 down to Jackson and turn south on Highway 49.)

In Arnold, if you are going East turn left just past the big Chevron station on Blagen Road. Follow the signs on Blagen Road to the museum. As you pass the school on the left, you will make a left turn on Dunbar Road. The address is 2148 Dunbar Road, but the museum is adjacent to White Pines Park which is adjacent to Blagen Road, so finding us at this point is very easy.

Regional Map (click on the map for a larger image)

Editors note: This map is pretty much worthless, but a good friend of mine put it here before he got ill, so I can’t take it out. If you need a real map, do a Google search for our address.
Regional Map 2

At the Dale Brooks’s Celebration of Life, a number of people asked to have Wanda Hofstetter’s recipe for Black Eyed Pea Salad. This is it, and thank you for asking.

The “Much More” promised in the title of this post

Our newest accomplishment is told in the Shay section of our web site and is entitled:

The Shay Runs Again!

Clicking on the above will take you to our Shay page, and a link there will take you to a U-tube video of the Shay running for the first time on our property. Amazing.

Black Eyed Pea Salad

from Wanda Hofstetter, inheritor of the recipe which has been passed down many times.

1 can drained crushed pineapple

1 can shoepeg corn, drained

1 can black eyed peas, drained

¼  cup olive oil

¼  cup red wine vinegar

1 avocado, chopped

1 roma tomato, chopped

2/3 cup cilantro, chopped

2 cloves garlic, chopped

or 2 tsp. minced garlic

¾ tsp salt

¾ tsp. pepper

½ tsp. cumin

Combine all the ingredients and serve chilled.

The Logging Museum owns this photo of a piece of Doc Linebaugh’s equipment.  Six of his loggers are shown on the equipment and we now know the identity of all of them. Furthest left is Ernie Grunder, next Paul Eck, then Clifford West, next to last is Julio Montagner, and last in the bottom row is Roy Armstrong. On top of the tractor is Aga-Pete Rojo. Our thanks to the Bowmans who were finally able to provide us the names. They had to deal with a photo that may not have been too sharp in the first place, was enlarged, has suffered from light exposure, but they got past these obstacles and gave us some names. Click on photo to enlarge.

Pete Voinich PhotoThis is Pete Voinich who worked for Doc Linebaugh for 20 years and will be 100 years old on January 3rd, 2010. Are there any loggers still alive who are older than that?  (Click to enlarge)

When Pete talks about the good old days, he can mean the good really od days. It was a delight for us to have this gentleman as our guest for the afternoon.

For the Calaveras Enterprise story about Pete, click here

Displays, dioramas, and artifacts are what we see in museums, but there are other items, like information, that are harder to get at. In the physical world of the museum, showing stuff is easy, while presenting information can be hard. To present information better, the Logging Museum is moving its historical files to a place that’s easy to get to — the website. By digitizing information hidden in files and memories, it becomes accessible, complementing the artifacts that fill the museum building.

Suddenly, a Logging Museum visitor can see not just a working model of a lumber mill, but the historical and biographical materials that explain why a particular living person at a particular lumber company built a particular type of mill at a particular geographic location at a particular time. Physical and digital combine to give a bigger picture than either can provide alone. Think of these web pages as our digital museum.

Please enjoy the new website — it’ll be here anytime you look. To enjoy the Logging Museum in person, visit us Thursday through Sunday, 12:00 to 4:00, April through late Fall. We’re in Calaveras County, just off California Highway 4 in the town of White Pines (near Arnold), 4000 feet up in the Sierra’s beautiful tall timber.

Fishing Frog on White Pines Lake bordering the Logging Museum
Photo by Dick James


What’s New

See Great Video About Our Museum and Jamboree

Ken Jones, movie maker extraordinaire produced a video about our museum and Jamboree that showed numerous times on Public Access Channel 7. It can be seen on his web site CalaverasGold.tv and can be accessed by clicking this link:

Cal Gold Logo 2

It will load slowly because of its large format images, so be patient. It’s well worth waiting for.

1945 International Logging Truck

Arrives at Museum

A post WWII  era truck that was used in the Yosemite and Pinecrest area has been donated to the museum. It was transported to the museum by Sam Berri Towing and is in place now in its new home.

45 International Logging TruckClick for larger image. In fact you can click again on any particular part of the truck and get an enlarged image of that part.

This is the truck in 1952 hauling logs out of the Yosemite area. Note the interesting trailer that carried logs slung from the upper structure.

Many more photos of this company and their equipment in the “Outdoor Exhibits” section of our web site.

New Photos and Information About P.G.&E’s Tiger Creek Lumber Mill

We’ve added a number of new photos to the Amador County Mills section of our web site. In particular, we’ve added a lot of new photos of the P.G.&E’s mill at Tiger Creek. They used canals (ditches) to transport much of their lumber.

There is also a photo of the Mace Mill in 1889

Look in the index under Amador County, or click here.

Tiger Creek Lumber Mill

Photos and accompanying text about Linebaugh Logging

We have an entirely new page called Some photos and some history of Linebaugh Logging. Click on the name here, or find it on the index at the right.

There is a great new-to-the-web photo on the Blagen Mill site of a giant log being split by a couple of loggers with a two-man chain saw.

There are a couple of new photos on the Raggio Mill site showing, among other things, their camp just off the Utica Grade Road, 3 miles about Murphys on San Domingo Road.

New! Many photos and a little text about Ed Adams, Blagen Mill Superintendent

Shay Prints for Sale!

Great News! Patrick’s Prints now on Special Sale Reduced by 1/3 rd. !!!!!

In cooperation with Patrick, the logging museum is selling collector-quality prints of two of his paintings that are in the OSH calendar. All proceeds from these sales go to support the restoration of Yosemite Lumber Co. Shay No.4. The Company Store has all the details.

Coming Events!

Museum Activities

Winter Schedule — We’re Open for Groups, if you make advance arrangements

During the winter, the Logging Museum is open by appointment from December through March, only to fairly large groups.  We do this for two reasons — safety on snowy roads for our visitors and docents, and to minimize the cost of heating the museum when visitors are few. We look forward to showing your gourp  the museum (winter is beautiful at 4000 feet), but please call ahead (209-795-1226) so we can turn up the thermostat.

Other Activities

Cookbooks Still Available

Finally, we have more of our outstanding cookbooks for sale. These cookbooks contain a lot of recipes from old families in Calaveras County, plus a lot of recipes from other great cooks. To find out more or to buy one, click here.


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