Early 1900’s Logging Photos (Mostly Tuolumne County)
27 Jun 2008
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 now Sequoia-Kings Canyon National Parks. At one time, it was one of the largest and most prolific source of giant redwoods anywhere. Unfotunately, as they were harvested many, if not most, of the trees broke up into small pieces when they fell. This didn’t seem to discourage the cutting of even more. The area now pretty much is devoid of giant trees. One can see this area as it looks today by viewing:
Back to the 36 ft. diameter tree immediately after being felled.
Camp 17 in Tuolumne County
This is Loren’s (photo donor) Grandfather at Camp 17
View of Camp 17, a part of the Yoseimite-Sugar Pine Logging Operation As you can see this must have been in the late 20’s or early 30’s.
Camp 17 Note cabins are built on skids so that they can moved as needed.
Another view of Camp 17
Dead Wood-Westside-Cherry Valley Near Camp 16
John Swiger in a comment below says this about this photo:
The operation is the Madera Sugar Pine Lumber Co. The cars are Carter Brothers flats and the white board on the sides of the cars were warning placards for anyone riding the train and were unique to the MSP. Some good photos of the cars and placards are in Hank Johnston’s book “Thunder In The Mountains”. Their operation was very close to the Yosemite Sugar Pine’s south side operations in it’s early years and probably led to Elaine’s error. Her family members may even have worked for both since they were such close proximity. Thanks. John. Also, if this had been the YSPRR, the cars would have had the massive bulkheads at their fronts to prevent the logs sliding off the cars when they were going down the incline at El Portal. The 78% incline required drastic steps to keep the logs on the cars. See Don Haldeman’s comment later.
Donkey Engine (click to enlarge)
This is Crocker Ridge, and that’s the Yosemite Sugar Pine Railroad, but you’ll have to draw your own conclusions as to the rest of the story.
Yosemite Sugar Pine Railroad at Crocker Ridge
This photo of the McGiffert Loader was taken near Hobart Mills, California, north of Truckee. The narrow gauge railroad shown was operated at that time by the Sierra Nevada Wood and Lumber Company. The SNW&LCo operated out of Hobart Mills from the late 1890’s until about 1936. Thanks, Paul, for the information.
Here’s another photo of the McGiffert loader in action. Sent to us by Paul who said, “Don’t know who took the photo, but would guess it was Mr. George Oliver, Superintendent at Hobart Mills. He was an avid photographer. Note the rail line is a 3 footer. (Click on photo to enlarge) Paul also sent us a line drawing of the loader, if anyone is interested.
The next two photos (below) are not related directly to any of the other photos, but too good not to post somewhere.
Click to enlarge, and then you can enlarge again
Interesting contrast to the photo above this one. Sad to realize that this was close to the end of the Westside Lumber Company