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Standard in Tuolumne County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
 

Standard Township

 
 
Standard Township Marker image. Click for full size.
By Richard Wisehart, April 16, 2008
1. Standard Township Marker
Inscription. Starting as a Mi-Wuk village, Standard was ranchland during the gold rush era, when the murderous Jim Lyons lived here. In 1909 Xavier Fassler sold his 567-acre dairy ranch to Standard Lumber Co. By the 1920’s the town had been sold to Pickering Lumber Company and Standard was a typical “company town” all homes, stores, the hospital, etc. were owned by Pickering and the workers were paid in Pickering script. Mexican workers lived in a section labeled “Little Tiajuana”. Louisiana Pacific, Fibreboard Corp., and Sierra Pacific Industries have continued mill operations as the town declined. The last original homes were sold or razed in 1975. The community church (1915) and the main office building (1924) were renovated in 1998.
 
Erected 1998 by E Clampus Vitus, Matuca Chapter No. 1849.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the E Clampus Vitus marker series.
 
Location. 37° 58.155′ N, 120° 18.812′ W. Marker is in Standard, California, in Tuolumne County. Marker is on Standard Road half a mile south of Mono Way (State Highway 108), on the right when traveling south. Click for map. Marker is on the north side of the entrance to the original Pickering Lumber Company headquarters
Pickering Lumber Company Headquarters Building image. Click for full size.
By Richard Wisehart, April 16, 2008
2. Pickering Lumber Company Headquarters Building
View is westerly of the renovated Pickering Lumber Company's headquarters building now occupied by The Lumberyard Brewing Company. Marker can be seen on right side of entrance stairs. Standard Road is in foreground with Mono Way (Highway 108) to the right (north) and Tuolumne Road (CR E17) to the left (south).
building which currently houses The Lumberyard Brewing Company. Marker is at or near this postal address: 19040 Standard Road, Standard, California 95373, Standard CA 95373, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 4 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Ralph’s Station (approx. 2.4 miles away); Soulsbyville (approx. 2.9 miles away); a different marker also named Soulsbyville (approx. 2.9 miles away); Emigrant Trail Terminus (approx. 3 miles away); Jacob Richard Stoker (approx. 3.6 miles away); Cherokee (approx. 3.6 miles away); Westside Flume & Lumber Company (approx. 3.8 miles away); Sonora (approx. 3.8 miles away).
 
Regarding Standard Township. The name Standard Township is believed to be derived from the location where the Pickering Lumber Company's railroad switched from the narrow gage rail line that brought in raw logs from the timbered mountains to the east onto the standard gage rail line that delivered finished lumber products from the Pickering mill to markets to the west, in the San Joaquin Valley and the San Francisco bay area.
 
Categories. Notable BuildingsNotable PlacesSettlements & Settlers
 
Downtown Standard image. Click for full size.
By Richard Wisehart, April 16, 2008
3. Downtown Standard
View is northerly showing the renovated Pickering Lumber Company's headquarters building, now occupied by The Lumberyard Brewing Co., on the left side of the street.
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Richard Wisehart of Sonora, California. This page has been viewed 1,291 times since then and 6 times this year. Last updated on , by James King of San Miguel, California. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on , by Richard Wisehart of Sonora, California. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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