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Near Manton in Tehama County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
 

Forward Brothers Sawmill

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Forward Brothers Sawmill Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, July 13, 2012
1. Forward Brothers Sawmill Marker
Inscription.  The original Forward Brother’s, Alfred T. and Frank, established the mill in 1908. The mill was moved from the original site which was where the Mt. Lassen Vineyards are now.

Alfred died in 1931 and Frank went on with the raising of livestock. At this time, Alfred’s two sons Lorin A. and Alva L. took over the mill and greatly expanded the operation which remained Forward Brothers. The average daily output of the mill was 65,000 bf. The one day record was 88,000 bf.

There were 65 families in the valley with its own schoolhouse with one teacher, Gertrude Forward, Frank’s wife. Lorin and Alva operated the mill continuously until March 26, 1958 at which time it burned down. The burner and the two ponds are what remains of the original saw mill.
 
Erected 2002 by Lassen Loomis Outpost no. 1914 and Trinitarianus Chapter no. 62, E Clampus Vitus.
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Horticulture & ForestryIndustry & Commerce. In addition, it is included in the E Clampus Vitus series list.
 
Location.
Forward Brothers Sawmill Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, July 13, 2012
2. Forward Brothers Sawmill Marker
40° 26.117′ N, 121° 44.167′ W. Marker is near Manton, California, in Tehama County. Marker is on Forward Road. This marker is approximately 8.6 miles east of the intersection of Manton and Forward Roads and just west of the intersection of Forward and Forwards Mill Roads. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 35200 Forward Road, Manton CA 96059, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 8 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Nobles Trail – Junction (approx. 6.7 miles away); Manton Schoolhouse (approx. 6.8 miles away); Nobles Trail - Battle Creek Ford (approx. 7.1 miles away); Manton Store (approx. 7.1 miles away); Nobles Trail - Deer Flat (approx. 7.1 miles away); Hennessy House (approx. 7.1 miles away); Noble’s Bungalow (approx. 7.2 miles away); Nobles Trail - Manzanita Chute (approx. 7.9 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Manton.
 
Forward Brothers Sawmill Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, July 13, 2012
3. Forward Brothers Sawmill Marker
Marker is mounted on the sawblade seen in the shade under the tree to the left.
Forward Brothers Sawmill's Sawdust Burner and Pond image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, July 13, 2012
4. Forward Brothers Sawmill's Sawdust Burner and Pond
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on August 7, 2012, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California. This page has been viewed 721 times since then and 37 times this year. Last updated on August 20, 2012. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on August 7, 2012, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page.
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