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Hume Lake in Fresno County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
 

Technology in Timber County...

a Better Way to Build a Dam

 
 
Technology in Timber County... Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, June 28, 2011
1. Technology in Timber County... Marker
Inscription. Having water around a sawmill is a good thing. Itís easier to move logs and lumber, and put out fires. The Hume-Bennett Lumber Company found this site near good timber and decided a reservoir would make there operation more efficient. The problem was making a strong dam with as little material as possible.

John S. Eastwood devised a solution – the first reinforced concrete multiple arch dam. Water pressure on the upstream faces of the arches holds the dam in place. The material required was just a fraction of that required for a block or single arch dam. Can you imagine getting this project done in 114 days for &46,541? Thatís what it took in 1908.

By 1910, the lake was the hub of a large mill complex. Imagine a boiler house, power house, foundry, a three-story high mill, and two drying kilns. Along the far lake shore, the community provided housing, a dining hall, post office, and hospital.

A network of railroad lines radiated from the camp to the timber groves. Milled lumber left the camp via the more than 60-mile flume to Sanger. It was an impressive engineering feat.

In spite of the technology, expenses exceeded revenue. War, recession, labor problems, poor markets and fire combined to destroy the Hume Lake lumber operation.
 
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Technology in Timber County... Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, June 28, 2011
2. Technology in Timber County... Marker
Lake Ranger District, Sequoia National Forest.
 
Location. 36° 47.658′ N, 118° 54.007′ W. Marker is in Hume Lake, California, in Fresno County. Marker can be reached from Sandy Cove Road (Forest Road 13S06). Click for map. This marker may be found by taking Sandy Cove Road (Forest Road 13S06) to the end and walking the trail 1/4 mile to the dam. Marker is in this post office area: Hume CA 93628, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 7 other markers are within 17 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Converse Basin Grove (approx. 3.5 miles away); Gamlin Cabin (approx. 5.2 miles away); The Centennial Stump (approx. 5.2 miles away); General Grant Tree Trail (approx. 5.3 miles away); The Fallen Monarch (approx. 5.3 miles away); Millwood (approx. 7.1 miles away); Sequoia-Kings Canyon National Parks (approx. 16.1 miles away).
 
Also see . . .
1. Sanger Depot Museum. The Sanger Depot was located on the railroad line which provided transportation for the lumber processed at the lumber mills in the Hume Lake area. (Submitted on July 7, 2011, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California.) 

2. Hume Lake - Wikipedia. (Submitted on July 7, 2011, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California.)
 
Categories. Industry & CommerceMan-Made Features
 
Lake Hume Dam image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, June 28, 2011
3. Lake Hume Dam
Lake Hume Dam image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, June 28, 2011
4. Lake Hume Dam
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. This page has been viewed 429 times since then and 3 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on , by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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