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This Big Saw

 
 
This Big Saw Marker image. Click for full size.
By Michael Kindig, June 9, 2023
1. This Big Saw Marker
Inscription. This nine-foot band saw is among the largest log saw ever used in the sawmill industry. It weighs over 38,000 pounds and has a blade that stretches over 56 feet in length. This saw was used to cut Douglas Fir and Ponderosa Pine logs up to ten feet in diameter and fifty-six feet in length. The lumber from just one of these giant logs would be enough to build two houses of about 1,500 square feet.

The machine was manufactured by the Filer & Stowell Company in 1900 and put into service by the Champion Lumber Company in Libby, Montana. For 82 years it was used to cut lumber that was loaded on to trains and shipped into the growing United States housing market. The iron giant was finally retired in 1982 when the mill was rebuilt to cut smaller logs. Despite the age of the machine, it is in sound working condition. With a little grease it could go back to work any time, but our intention is to keep it on display here as a monument to the pioneers of the lumber industry.
 
Location. 33° 48.385′ N, 118° 4.318′ W. Marker is in Los Alamitos, California, in Orange County. Marker is at the intersection of Los Alamitos Boulevard and Catalina Street, on the right when traveling south on Los Alamitos Boulevard. Click for map. Marker is at or near this
This Big Saw image. Click for full size.
By Michael Kindig, June 9, 2013
2. This Big Saw
postal address: 10742 Los Alamitos Boulevard, Los Alamitos CA 90720, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 5 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Los Alamitos Sugar Company and Town's Founding (approx. mile away); St. Isidore Historical Plaza (approx. mile away); Carson Street Landscaping (approx. 1.7 miles away but has been reported missing); Ranchos Los Alamitos - Los Cerritos - Los Coyotes (approx. 2.3 miles away); The Boys of Del Valle Park (approx. 3.5 miles away but has been reported missing); U.S. Submarine Veterans W.W. II (approx. 4 miles away); Cerritos Air Disaster Memorial (approx. 4.2 miles away); Long Beach-Yokkaichi Sister City Association (approx. 4.2 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Los Alamitos.
 
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Ganahl Lumber Company Marker image. Click for full size.
By Michael Kindig, June 9, 2013
3. Ganahl Lumber Company Marker
Ganahl Lumber Company
Completed May 17, 1999
Contractor: Matt Construction
Architect: C.W. DuBourdieu Jr, AIA, NCARB
Tree Section Display image. Click for full size.
By Michael Kindig, June 9, 2013
4. Tree Section Display
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Michael Kindig of Long Beach, California. This page has been viewed 417 times since then and 6 times this year. Last updated on , by Michael Kindig of Long Beach, California. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on , by Michael Kindig of Long Beach, California. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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