Logging History



John Parmeter, Tramp Logger, by Mary Matzek

What a story, Wobbly when being a Wobbly was a penitentiary offense ! Some man ! Full disclosure: Editor went to school with his daughter, Jeannie John Parmeter Tramp Logger By Mary Matzek “I was always known as a tramp, a tramp logger,” explains John Parmeter. “The wife and I have lived in 48 different homes but every place we lived we always came home...

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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

  This is the Winton Mill at Martell Log pond, deck, teepee burner, and mill Photo courtesy of Richard Hess, Forester for Winton Lumber Company, American Forest Products, Bendix Corporation click to enlarge Winton Lumber Co. truck driven by Erie Harmon.  Next to truck is Truck Boss Pete Kosich & Logging Boss John Rukivina This Pine tree was reported to have been on  Spur 8...

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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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