Logging History



Lawrence Wilsey Biography by his son, Carl

October 21, 2015 When visitors to the Logging Museum first enter the building they are welcomed by a large picture of two men standing side by side and smiling at the visitor. The taller man is someone well-known to most everyone in the region – Doc Linebaugh – who was in charge of the logging operation that fed timber to the Blagen Lumber Company’s mill...

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Carriage, Sawyer, and Setter at Blagen Mill

Carriage at Blagen Mill (Clicking on the photo will enlarge it a number of times) The photo shows Sawyer, Wilbert Duguay, on the left, who signals the setter, who has his hand on the set dial, what he wants the next cut to be. Enlargement of the photo will show Wilbert holding up his little finger and his pointer finger. With his left hand the...

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Sandy Gulch Mill (more photos)

These photos came to the Editor’s attention when a gentleman from the West Point area, Pat McGreevy, broughrt them to the museum on a CD. As it turns out, museum stalwart and daughter of Howard Blagen, Pat Blagen Bradley, had had a collection of photos that may have been in her dad’s stuff scanned professionally 10 years or so ago, and had gotten them to the...

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Blagen Mill and Area Report for CCWD

We have a lot of history of the Blagen Mill and the surrounding area already on theweb site, but this history done by archeology/history people has some very interesting information in it. Click on the link to read. Blagen Mill area report done for CCWD  



Sandy Gulch Mill report for CCWD

This report done by Shelley Davis-King and Judith Marvin, independent historians and archaeologists, for Calaveras County Water District has a lot of historical information in it about the Sandy Gulch Mill, Wilseyville, and other items, and some of the people in that area. We have a fairly substantial amount of Sandy Gulch history on the site, but there is much here that we didn’t have....

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El Portal Incline and Shay #4

Our Shay Locomotive and its history appear several times in our website depending on what aspect of the history we are attempting to tell. The same is true of the two inclines, El Portal/southside, and Incline/northside, so if you want more, do a search of the web site. Our Shay worked its whole real-work life at the top of the two inclines at El Portal...

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Winton Lumber Company

Photo courtesy of Richard Hess, Forester for Winton Lumber Company, American Forest Products, Bendix Corportation To the outside observer such as this editor, this seemed like a really going operation, but when Sierra Pacific Industries acquired the mill, they shut it down completely. You can read more about this in the section of this website entitled, Ruggles Tract to Sierra Pacific. The only remaining operation...

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Blagen Mill from Beginning to End as told in the Stockton Record

Editors Note: Richard Hess, retired Forester who worked in Amador and Calaveras Counties sent the museum a packet of historical photos, maps, newspaper articles, etc. What follows is the story of the beginning of the Blagen Mill and the end of the Blagen Mill as told by Stockton Record reporters.  November 28th, 1939   Reporter not named Blagen Lumber Company Lays Out New Town: Long...

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