Tuolumne County



Whitt Manufacturing Plant, Sonora

click to enlarge This may be more history than the reader wants to know, but it comes from a report by historian/archivist Judith Marvin of Foothill Resouces and was done to show that the site and mill had no historical significance and could be used for other purposes. We’re fortunate that Judith has done all this work and the editor could cut and paste. In...

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Pickering Lumber, Standard Lumber Co.(also Calaveras Big Trees)

The Tuolumne County Historical Society gives us this excellent history of Pickering in Tuolumne County. http://www.tchistory.org/TCHISTORY/lumber.htm To quote a small section of that history, “Tuolumne County’s second major lumber operation was the Standard Lumber Company, headquartered initially in Sonora and later at the company town of Standard.  It was incorporated in 1901 by D. H. Steinmitz, and was joined by T. S. Bullock after the...

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West Side Lumber Company

(Click on photo to enlarge) This is the West Side Lumber Mill at Tuolumne City  This photo would have been taken between 1935 and 1952 because after 1952, the mill was modernized and was a 3 stacker (smokestacks) from that time on. The mill burned to the ground in 1961. Much of the written history of the mill deals with its rail system which was...

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Early 1900’s Logging Photos (Mostly Tuolumne County)

The Museum was given a number of interesting photographs from a variety of locations throughout California, but mostly in the Tuolumne County area. The donor was Loren Lacy from Tuolumne County. His family was involved in logging there and some of the photos depict his family. Let’s start with a photo of a 36 foot Sequoia Gigantea cut in the Converse Basin in what is...

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Big Creek Lumber Company

The information for this article comes from an interview with Velma Elmore Etier of Stockton, CA. The photos are courtesy of her, also. John and Martha Elmore were logging in Missouri, but motivated by the prospect of better timber in Oklahoma, moved there to run a mill. A former employee of theirs sent them a postcard of some very large trees in California and this...

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Tuolumne County Logging

The history of Tuolumne County logging goes back to the gold rush. While we usually think of the Standard Mill or of West Side Lumber when we think of Tuolumne logging, those big companies came along at the end of the 19th century. Before them, before the arrival of the railroads in the foothills, small mills supplied the county’s lumber needs. Detailed records of this...

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