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Forestville in Sonoma County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
 

First Power Commercial Sawmill

 
 
First Power Commercial Sawmill Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, March 28, 2017
1. First Power Commercial Sawmill Marker
Inscription. In 1834, Mariano G. Vallejo's brother-in-law, John B.R. Cooper, constructed California's first known power-operated commercial sawmill. In addition to sawing redwood lumber, the mill and settlement served as a barrier to Russian encroachment from the west. Located 1/3 mile east on Mark West Creek, the water-powered mill was destroyed by flood in the winter of 1840-41.
 
Erected 1970 by California State Department of Parks and Recreation in cooperation with the California Division of Forestry and Forest Products Industries of California. (Marker Number CHL 835.)
 
Location. 38° 29.594′ N, 122° 53.747′ W. Marker is in Forestville, California, in Sonoma County. Marker is at the intersection of River Road and Mirabel Road, on the left when traveling west on River Road. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 8691 River Road, Forestville CA 95436, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 6 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. The Wohler Ranch -- 1856 (approx. one mile away); Walters Ranch Hop Kiln (approx. 3.3 miles away); Korbel Station (approx. 3.9 miles away); Shiloh Cemetery
First Power Commercial Sawmill Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, March 28, 2017
2. First Power Commercial Sawmill Marker
(approx. 4.9 miles away); Sturgeon's Mill (approx. 5.6 miles away); a different marker also named Sturgeons Mill (approx. 5.6 miles away); Bank of Guerneville (approx. 5.6 miles away); Guerneville Historical Marker (approx. 5.7 miles away).
 
More about this marker. The marker is located in the Park 'n Ride lot.
 
Categories. Industry & Commerce
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on April 4, 2017. This page originally submitted on April 4, 2017, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. This page has been viewed 87 times since then. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on April 4, 2017, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California.
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