Tiger Creek Lumber Mill and a few other photos

As time goes on, we are learning more about the wonderful photos that we have of the Tiger Creek Mill.

First of all, a couple of Amador County photos that aren’t of the Tiger Creek operation.

(click to enlarge)

Interesting photo, probably not at Tiger Creek, but we’d like to know more about it. Which mills used horse drawn trains?

This is most likely the Chickazola Mill at Ham’s Station on Highway 88

Below is the Mace mill with the names of the people in the photo

Click on the photo for a clearer image and better text.

The Tiger Creek Operation

We know that a number of photos were taken of the Tiger Creek Mill about 1910. That would seem to be about the time that these photos were taken, based on the machinery shown. The Tiger Creek Mill was a P.G.&E. operation producing lumber for their flumes and other construction.

We’ll start with some new-to-us photographs of the Tiger Creek operation. These photos are courtesy of the Amador County Historical Society and the Amador County Archives.

These photos are from a book that P.G. & E. put out telling about the Tiger Creek operation (click to get enlarged photo)

Here are their captions for the photographs above.

Rather than re-typing and losing the originality and character of the book from which the text is taken, the editor has decided to put the text here in its original form. Clicking anywhere on the text will take you to a full page view.

Lumber Yard at Tiger Creek

Lumber movement out of the mill on this tramway on its way to the canals.

Here are some more photos of the Tiger Creek operation that we acquired in the past.

Click on photos to enlarge

Tiger Creek Mill and Yard

Interesting photo of Tiger Creek Mill.  Lots of stuff going on in this photo.

Flume at Tiger Creek. Power Generation? Log transport?

Mill pond at Tiger Creek

Spar Pole and Donkey Engine at Tiger Creek

Donkey Engine at Tiger Creek

Lumber Train at Tiger Creek

See the comment by our Friend of the Logging Museum,
Don Haldeman, for a description of what we are seeing at the far
end of the tracks. He was kind enough to say that the photo was off
plumb, rather than the editor, who has deleted the description of
what he thought he was seeing at the far end of the tracks.


  1. Don Haldeman Says: October 10, 2008 at 4:07 pm

    There is no deck built between the two cars at the end of the wood deck. A 400% enlargement shows that the dark area is the shadow cast by low angle sun from the viewers right shoulder. With the sun angle figured in, the shadow matches the irregular load on the right car. The “deck” is the railroad grade beyond the cars is the railroad grade that curves to the right. The picture is not “plumb” which cause the railroad grade to appear very steep.

    Hope this helps.

    Don Haldeman

  2. Eric Helmle Says: November 20, 2011 at 2:58 pm

    I believe that the pictures of the Lumber Yard and the Wooden Flume are on the Upper Standard Canal which flowed from the Tiger Creek Mill to the Petty Forebay at Lake Tabeau. The water in the Upper Standard was diverted from the North Fork Mokelumne River by way of a diversion dam approx. 1/3 of a mile upstream of the confluance of Tiger Creek and the Mokelumne River and through a tunnel that terminated at the head of the canal. Both the diversion dam and the tunnel are still there. The Upper Standard was used to transport lumber but its primary function was to supply water for power generation from Old Electra Powerhouse. After leaving Petty Forebay the water went to a penstock that dropped it approx. 1200 ft. to the tubines in Old Electra which was on the Mokelumne River about 14 mi. downstream of the Tiger Creek Mill.

    • Thanks, Eric

    • Marc Bowman Says: July 17, 2017 at 8:52 am


      Do you know if the Petty Forebay definitely supplied water to Old Electra or was it for the Standard Electric/Blue Lakes Power House or perhaps both? Also, do you know exactly where the Petty Res was located. Was it just a small lower version of Tabeau? Also, do you know what years the Upper Standard & Lower Standard were built and why both were created rather than just one?

      I’m also trying to determine when they stopped using the Ham’s Ditch/Amador Canal Co Canal and it’s two large aqueducts which were highest in elevation (built between 1854 & 58). Trying also to find photos of some of this stuff.

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