Logging History


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Feb 2015

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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Housing at the top of the incline

25

Nov 2014

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 El Portal Incline, 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 and Incline. After...

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Winton Lumber Company

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Nov 2014

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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25

Sep 2014

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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Blair Mill at Pacific house

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Sep 2014

Blair Mill at Pacific house

 Blair Mill at Pacific House | Sierra Nevada Logging Museum Editor: These photos and text were sent to us by Lee Rogers who grew up at the mill. Some of the photos are of poor quality and the page may only be of interest to those, like me, who had spent time in Pacific House or that area. The museum thanks Lee for sending these...

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05

May 2014

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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23

Jun 2013

Shasta County

OK, we admit it, Shasta County is not one of the Sierra Nevada Logging Counties, but we’ve chosen to include this name on our memorial wall. Bert Lakin, General Manager of McCloud River Lumber Company, killed fighting fire in 1936 Editors note: Both of these descriptions of the area and the man are from Trainorders.com, and were written by Jeff Moore of Elko, NV. See...

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Rasmussen Mill on Poole Station Road in San Andreas | 1954 - 1958 Then moved to Chinese Camp

22

Jun 2013

Rasmussen Mill

Crew at the Rasmussen Mill 1st row Tony Cilenti, Claude Hix, Ruth Rasmussen, Maury Rasmussen 2nd row Jack Williams, Jack Carley, Dale Ormsbee, John Cilenti 3rd row Louis Cilenti, unknown, Denny Rasmussen, Clarence Terig (spelling uncertain) 4th row Nick Cilenti 3rd from the left These photos were given to us by Mike Cilenti who wasn’t able to identify the other workers.


07

Jun 2013

Cilenti Mill

We have only three photos of the Cilenti Mill, but they offer another picture of how these small mills using circular saws operated. These photos were taken in 1937. The mill was at Railroad Flat Road and Jesus Maria Road. Our thanks to Mike Cilenti for these photos.  This is the Michele Cilenti Sawmill On the far right is John Cilenti, in the middle Dan Cilenti,...

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