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 Trainorders.com for a detailed description of the logging railroads in the McCloud area.
History sign near the start of trail to Lakin Dam on the McCloud River Falls east of McCloud, California. Text of Sign:
Lakin Dam has benefited people and wildlife.
According to local residents, Lakin Dam was built in 1925 by the McCloud River Lumber Company. The dam was built to supply a reliable water source for the people of McCloud, and to provide water for the mill’s boilers, which ran the mill.
Water from Lakin Dam is still used by the present-day mill.
In addition to providing water for the town of McCloud, Lakin Dam creates the slow moving waters where the native Redband Trout live.
The original dam’s pipes were made of redwood wrapped with wire. The redwood was replaced in the 1960’s with a steel pipe.
The dam was named after Bert Lakin who was general manager of the McCloud River Lumber Company. Mr. Lakin was well respected in the American lumber industry.
On October 1, 1936 he lost his life in a forest fire on the west edge of McCloud.
The old siding of Lakin lies about a quarter mile east of MP BH-23. Lakin was named after Bert W. Lakin, a popular general manager of the McCloud River Lumber Company who was killed while fighting a forest fire on the immediate western edge of McCloud on 1 October 1936. Mr. Lakin has the distinction of being the only employee of either the railroad or the lumber company killed while fighting forest fires.
In addition to this siding, a monument was erected where his body was discovered next to the tracks just west of McCloud, and a fountain in the downtown district was placed in his memory.