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
Elaine should know, but it appears to the editor, thinking about Don H’s comment below that this might be the West Side operation also.
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