Outdoor Exhibits


Jun 2010

Photos of the incline at El Portal and the the YLCO

The museum’s Shay was part of the Yosemite Lumber Company and was used to transport logs from where they were cut to this incline near El Portal where the logs were transported down the incline to a landing where they were loaded on trains belonging to the Yosemite Valley Railroad. From there they were transported to a mill at Merced Falls where there was electricity...

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Nov 2009

We now know who all these loggers were!

The Logging Museum owns this photo of a piece of Doc Linebaugh’s equipment.  Six of his loggers are shown on the equipment and we now know the identity of all of them. Furthest left is Ernie Grunder, next Paul Eck, then Clifford West, next to last is Julio Montagner, and last in the bottom row is Roy Armstrong. On top of the tractor is Aga-Pete Rojo. Our...

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May 2009

The 1945 International Logging Truck

Editors note: Ted Shannon, FLM member in charge of our outdoor exhibits, gathered this history of our truck. 1945 INTERNATIONAL 6X6 TRUCK This all-wheel-drive truck was built in May 1945 for the U.S. Marine Corps as a cargo carrier.  WW11 ended in early September, 1945 and this truck stayed stateside at Camp Roberts, California. It was purchased there from the U.S. Government in late 1945...

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Oct 2007

Willamette Donkey No.1233

The Logging Museum’s steam donkey was built by the Willamette (will-AM-it) Iron and Steel Works of Portland, Oregon in 1916. It is Engine No. 1233, with 12″x14″ cylinders and a boiler that was numbered 9414. Before arriving at the Museum, it belonged to the West Side Lumber Company of Tuolumne City, California. The Museum’s donkey is a ‘yarder’, which means it’s a donkey that is...

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Jul 2007

How The Shay Survived

The survival of Yosemite Lumber Co. Shay No. 4 was a matter of unusual luck. In 1943, in the middle of WWII, the Yosemite Sugar Pine Lumber Company, the successor to Yosemite Lumber Co., was bankrupt. They sold No.4 to Levin Scrap, a scrap dealer in Stockton, California. The locomotive was almost 25 years old, although that’s fairly young for a steam engine, and in...

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Jun 2007

Outdoor Exhibits

The Sierra Nevada Logging Museum has an extensive array of donated artifacts of all sizes. In the last year or so, (2010 – 2012) through the efforts of Bill Kafka and Ted Shannon, our outdoor exhibits have been organized and displayed appropriately. This has resulted in in the whole area being much more attractive and informative. Adding to this is signage produced by Exhibit Coordinator,...

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